Rights abuses during Games?

A leading human rights watchdog yesterday warned against possible rights abuses within the framework of the vast security umbrella that is to cover Athens during the August Olympics. The Greek branch of Amnesty International said it was mainly concerned at plans to employ a «complex and non-transparent» grouping of military, police and secret service personnel – Greek and foreign – to police the Games, as well as at the projected use of over a thousand CCTV surveillance cameras in Athens during the Olympics. «Amnesty International recognizes the need and the obligation of every country to take the necessary measures for the protection of people on its territory,» an Amnesty press release said. «But the pursuit of security cannot provide an excuse or an opportunity to take measures that curtail citizens’ rights.» The press release said refugees, immigrants and «movements that have criticized state decisions» might be at risk from the Olympic security measures.

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