UN criticizes Russian proposal to detain relatives of hostage-takers

UN criticizes Russian proposal to detain relatives of hostage-takers

[JURIST] Members of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights have harshly criticized a proposal by Russian officials to detain relatives of terrorists to discourage hostage-taking. Such a proposal would violate international law, according to UN human rights experts Leila Zerrougui and Stephen Toope. The plan was put forth by Russian Prosecutor General Vladimir Ustinov, who said that existing laws were not effective in fighting terrorism. Ustinov said detentions of family members would be effective in hostage negotiations. AP has more.