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IHRC's "Preventing Violent Extremism?" conference was held on Saturday 13 June 2015 at the Amanah Centre in the heart of East London.


We call on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the UK government to help and demand the immediate release of Stephen Kaczynski from detention by the Turkish AKP regime.


The general elections in India in May last year returned the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) or the Indian People’s Party led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to power with a clear majority. It is estimated that the BJP spent £500 million (Rupees 50,000 crores) on the election. This is a mind boggling sum in a country like India, home to one-fifth of the world’s children suffering from malnutrition. Backed and funded by the corporate sector Indians witnessed election extravaganza on a scale they have never seen before.


Wheelchair-bound Delhi University professor G N Saibaba has been granted bail after over a year, as the Bombay High Court Tuesday exercised powers to “protect” his fundamental rights. He has been ailing and will go to Delhi for treatment. - Indian Express, 1 July 2015


Some are more equal than others. According to the mainstream media, the small number of Caucasian males held prisoner by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group are entitled to liken their conditions of detention to being held at Guantánamo Bay, the US military concentration camp notorious for arbitrary detention and human rights violations. The same qualification does not apply to the tens of thousands of men, women and children worldwide held in immigration detention facilities each year on the non-existent offence of being a foreign national or stateless. - One Small Window


Last summer, after months of encrypted emails, I spent three days in Moscow hanging out with Edward Snowden for a Wired cover story. Over pepperoni pizza, he told me that what finally drove him to leave his country and become a whistleblower was his conviction that the National Security Agency was conducting illegal surveillance on every American. Thursday, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York agreed with him. - James Bamford, Reuters; 11 May 2015


We're afraid we've suffered a delay to send this month's newsletter. We apologize for it, in the meantime ETA released a long statement yesterday, we will translate it and post it on asap. - Basque Peace Process, 8 May 2015


As the dust settles on an election campaign that has been described as both ‘boring and stage-managed’ and ‘a recipe for mayhem’, it’s clear that the result has confounded politicians and polling experts alike. But - as we know all too well at Liberty - whoever you vote for, the Government always gets in. Let’s speak plainly; the Conservatives have a long-standing manifesto commitment to scrap the Human Rights Act and replace it with a ‘British Bill of Rights and Responsibilities’

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