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Passion Islam I July 2008 LOCAL & NATIONAL NEWS I 5
‘Detention dangerous
and disappointing ’
UK Members of allowing an individual to be
Parliament voted last held for up to six weeks on the
month to extend yet strength of a mere suspicion,
further the maximum without being charged with any
period of pre-charge offence.
detention for terror The legislation now goes to
suspects. Amnesty the upper house – the House of
International has called Lords – for their consideration.
the vote “a dangerous Amnesty International said that
and disappointing the organisation will be calling
development.” on the members of the House
“It risks moving of Lords to reject this proposal,
the law in the UK and to give very careful scrutiny
even further away to some other worrying aspects
from fundamental of the Counter-Terrorism Bill.
principles of fairness Amnesty International
and the protection of renewed its call to the UK
human rights,” the government to listen to the
organisation said. large number of MPs who
The House of Commons – voted against this dangerous
“People who are detained have a right to
, or to be released: the
the lower, elected house of the and ill-conceived measure, and
be charged promptly
UK Parliament – supported, by to the wide range of experts
law in the UK is moving further and further
315 votes to 306, proposals who have expressed the most
away from this basic principle .”
to give a government minister pressing concerns about it,
Amnesty International
the power to extend from and to abandon it once and for
28 to 42 days the period for all.
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which people suspected of “Instead of allowing people to
involvement in terrorism can be held for longer and longer
be detained by the police in the without being charged, the
UK without being charged with UK government should be
any offence. committing itself to a root-and-
“No government minister branch review of all counter-
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should be able to invoke a terrorism legislation in the UK,
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police to hold people for six line with basic international
weeks without charging them human rights standards
with a criminal offence,” said – standards which protect the
Amnesty International. rights of individuals, including
APPEAL “People who are detained the right to be treated fairly
Specialists in: AGAINST
have a right to be charged and the right not to be detained
promptly, or to be released: the arbitrarily for a prolonged
law in the UK is moving further period of time,” Amnesty
• HOME OFFICE APPLICATIONS and further away from this International said.
basic principle and in so doing “The idea that countering
is increasing the scope for terrorism somehow requires
arbitrary detention and other removing or eroding basic
violations of human rights.” guarantees of individual
last month’s vote showed liberty and physical safety is
OVER THE UK that members of the House a dangerous and discredited
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