Anti-Terrorism vs Civil Liberties

On the anniversary of the September 11th attacks in the United States, the fight against terrorism and its effect on civil liberties is being discussed here.

Anne Ramberg, Secretary General of the Swedish Bar Association, tells Swedish Radio News that legislators have used the fear of terrorism to create a far more closed society.

MP Inger René, a conservative Moderate representative on a key parliamentary committee, says the right of the police here to monitor telephone calls has been expanded so much that it seriously violates personal privacy.

Tuesday also marks the 4th anniversary of the murder of Swedish Foreign Minister Anna Lindh. Among the day’s activities have been the laying of a wreath on her grave, and a seminar on human rights in refugee camps, hosted by the Anna Lindh Memorial Fund.