Julia Hall, Amnesty International's expert on counter terrorism, poses with a report on the effect of counter terrorism measures on human rights across Europe, in Brussels, Belgium, January 17, 2017. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
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A raft of new counterterrorism laws across Europe discriminate against Muslims and refugees, spreading fear and alienation, Amnesty International said in a report Tuesday.The human rights group sounded the alarm over security measures adopted over the past two years in 14 EU nations, including expanded surveillance powers. Amnesty is critical of a European Union draft law, to be adopted this year, that seeks to punish people for traveling or planning to travel to join a terrorist group.EU Security Commissioner Julian King said he agreed with the report that fundamental rights must not be put at risk.The Amnesty International report echoed what other rights groups fear: That Europe has traded away its rights in exchange for a false sense of security. The report examined 14 countries and eight categories, including emergency laws, privacy rights, and efforts to strip nationality from people convicted of terrorism.The European Union, whose anti-terrorism directive was singled out in the Amnesty report, said human rights remained paramount and disagreed with its conclusions.
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