“Scholarly work of this kind helps uso by emphasising the importance of Civil Liberties to all communities.” – Tony Benn
“Grateful thanks for that most interesting – and shocking – terrorism report. Congratulations – it will do much good.” – Bruce Kent
“This is a valuable contribution to the debate about anti-terrorism legislation. We agree with many, but not all, of the recommendations, particularly that powers should be targeted as effectively as possible against terrorists.” – Association of Chief Police Officers' spokeswoman (As reported in Big Issue, Nov 7-13, 2005)
On the eve of the first anniversary of the London bombings, IHRC are releasing an updated version of British Anti-Terrorism: A Modern Day Witch-hunt, a study of the application of the anti-terror legislation in the UK since 9-11 and its implications for the Muslim community.
The new edition of the report by Fahad Ansari contains updated statistics on anti-terror arrests in Britain, details about the new Terrorism Act 2006 and an update about the plight of the original Belmarsh detainees.
From internment to control orders, proposals to ban Hizb-ut Tahrir and other Muslim organisations to extradition, new legislation and police powers, this report covers the gamut of the British government's latest anti-terrorism proposals.
This clear analysis not only makes the case that the government's anti-terrorist strategy violates basic human rights and curtails civil liberties, it powerfully argues, that it is also counter-productive.
Using case studies, Ansari relates in graphic detail how these proposals single out Muslims and the Muslim communities in Britain, equating it with a latter day witch-hunt.