Anti-terrorism laws: unjust powers
protests against the
"glorification of terror"
Do anti-terror laws make us safer? Whom do they protect?
- define terrorism more broadly, thus blurring any distinction between anti-government protest and organized violence against civilians;
- label numerous organisations as ‘terrorist', as a basis for placing entire communities under suspicion of associating with ‘terrorism';
- use ‘intelligence' obtained by torturing detainees abroad;
- and detain and prosecute people for suspected activities which could just as well be handled under other laws. Read more
The documentary follows the extraordinary journey of the journalist and revolutionary Mumia Abu- Jamal, who was imprisoned in solitary confinement on death row in Pennsylvania, USA for 30 years.
Peace in Kurdistan campaign is delighted to hear the announcement that the case against Adem Uzun, predicated on baseless and conspiratorial charges, has been dropped. Adem had been on remand having been released from prison in Paris, where he had been held since his arrest on 6 October 2012.
ROB MILLER outlines the purpose and hopes of the International Commission of Inquiry into the case of the Miami Five starting in London today - and says there is hope for change. Today the International Commission of Inquiry into the case of the Miami Five kicks off in London, although one of the five to have been released, René González, has shockingly been refused entry to this country - probably to appease the US. Morning Star, 7 March 2014
Britain bowed to Washington yesterday and banned Cuban star witness René González from attending a landmark inquiry into discredited US prison sentences handed to him and four compatriots. Cuba solidarity activists confirmed the "unsettling" news hours before he had been scheduled to arrive in London. Anger grew as it was revealed that Mr González has been granted a visa by France that will allow him travel across Europe - apart from close US ally Britain. Morning Star, 4 March 2014
Relatives of people who have been disappeared or killed in Pakistan march more than 2,000km seeking UN intervention. - Al Jazeera, 28 February 2014
(London) CAGE is outraged by the arrest of our Outreach Director, Moazzam Begg. A former Guantanamo Bay detainee, he has been campaigning for due process and the human rights of victims, despite suffering over three years of torture and abuse by the US government with the complicity of the British security services.
Today at 2pm the International Verification Comission has announced in a press conference that "ETA has started the process to put its arms beyond use". This is a historic announcement that helps the process for the resolution of the conflict move forward. It shows an absolute commitment to bring to an end the armed confrontation in the Basque Country. The Basque Country is moving forward to achieve a just and lasting peace scenario and all relevant stakeholders should be involved. The courage and commitment shown by the Abertzale Left all along this process must be addressed.
With the theme "The role of people's lawyers facing the increase of people's protest andstate terror", the International Association of People's Lawyers held its 5th Congress, inRio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 11 to 15 of February, 2014. There participated lawyers fromTurkey, the Netherlands, Australia, United Kingdom, Iran, Mexico, Chile and Bolivia,and 32 lawyers and law students from 8 states of Brazil, as well as supporters, activists and members of organizations of people’s struggle.