On the eve of the Counter-Terrorism Bill’s second reading, the human rights group Liberty has urged the Government to drop controversial plans to hold suspects for up to 42 days without charge. For nine months, Liberty has been organizing a cross-party political and public campaign against the divisive policy, which would create injustice and undermine community relations.
The Government’s announcement that ID cards will soon be compulsory for foreign nationals, “high-risk” workers and eventually students is an attempt to soften up the public before making ID cards compulsory for all British nationals, warned Liberty today.
Liberty will tell the High Court tomorrow that vulnerable detainees were left in overcrowded, flooded cells without food or water while fires burned during a disturbance in Harmondsworth detention centre and call for a public inquiry into the incident.
Two individuals whose DNA was taken by police and retained on the national DNA database although they were later found to be innocent are to have their case heard by the European Court of Human Rights.
Liberty today welcomed the Privy Council Report’s findings that a new framework can be introduced to allow the use of intercept evidence in criminal trials and called for 42 day detention proposal to be scrapped.