National campaign against anti-terror laws

National campaign against anti-terror laws


Written by: IRR News Team

Community groups across the UK and human rights organisations have come together to campaign against proposed new anti-terror laws.

The Queen’s speech next week is likely to announce a new Counter Terrorism Bill, which will:

  • Extend pre-charge detention in terrorism cases from 28 days to 56 or even 90 days;
  • Seek to create a new offence of gathering information which could be used for terrorism, even where no intention of such use can be proved;
  • Extend powers of surveillance and data exchange between agencies, strengthening existing police state powers;
  • Subject persons under control orders to additional random searches and house invasions;
  • Like the anti-terrorism Acts of 2000, 2001, 2005 and 2006 refer to a broad definition of terrorism which includes even any threat of damage to property, and criminalise ordinary political activities of speech and association.

The National Campaign Against Anti-Terror Powers, which involves over twenty-one organisations, has organised a month of action; a parliamentary lobby is taking place on 29 November, 2007 followed by a public meeting hosted by Lord Rea. To see what action you can take, download the document below.

Related links

Dowload the Counter Terrorism Bill briefing document (word doc, 114kb)

Campaign Against Criminalising Communities – CAMPACC

Scotland Campaign Against Criminalising Communities

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