Human rights group Amnesty International says in a report a raft of new counter terrorism laws across Europe discriminate against Muslims and refugees, spreading fear and alienation. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) A raft of new counter terrorism laws across Europe discriminate against Muslims and refugees, spreading fear and alienation, Amnesty International said in a report published on Tuesday (January 17). The human rights group sounded the alarm over security measures adopted over the past two years in 14 European Union nations, including expanded surveillance powers. During that period, militant attacks have killed some 280 people in France, Belgium and Germany. The attacks, mostly claimed by the Islamic State group, have fanned tensions over immigration, fuelled the popularity of right-wing parties and made security a key theme in upcoming French, Dutch and German elections. "Governments looking at a person and saying: 'You look really suspicious to me. You visit community centres. You go to a specific mosque, and so I'm going to restrict your behaviour cause I think in the future, you might commit a crime,' and this is one of the most troubling aspects of the report and the information in the report. And we see governments that have already adopted these types of measures and we see other governments contemplating them," said Julia Hall, the Amnesty International's expert on counter terrorism who authored the report.