Response to the resignation of Shadow Home Secretary David Davis, who will run for re-election on a civil liberties platform including his opposition to extending pre-charge detention for terror suspects to 42 days.
Human rights group Liberty said the battle against the Government’s Counter-Terror Bill proposals to detain suspects for 42 days without charge will now be taken up in the House of Lords. Narrowly passed in the House of Commons today (315-306), the controversial proposals have generated widespread concern about the negative impact on civil liberties and community relations.
Human rights group Liberty today received startling information relating to Ministerial claims about the use of the existing pre-charge detention limit for terror suspects. This information undermines repeated claims that the authorities have been “up against the buffers” with the current 28 day detention period.
Liberty will be joined by actor Honor Blackman, designer Vivienne Westwood, Shadow Home Secretary David Davis, Labour MP Diane Abbott, and Lib-Dem Chris Huhne MP in a protest outside Westminster on the eve of the vote on Government plans to extend pre-charge detention to 42 days. Liberty opposes extending pre-charge detention limits which will promote injustice and alienate Muslim communities.
Today the City of London Police have dropped the charges against a 16-year-old anti-Scientology protestor for using the word “cult” in a move the human rights group Liberty called a “free speech victory.”
Today Liberty Director Shami Chakrabarti told MPs that 54 percent of the public believe the Government’s motivation for extending pre-charge detention periods is to look “tough on terror” based on YouGov poll findings.
Liberty’s Director Shami Chakrabarti will tell the Foreign Press Association that controversial measures in the Government’s Counter-Terrorism bill will undermine Britain’s international reputation as a country which respects the rule of law.