Monthly Archives: January 2012


The BBC reports that former senior MI6 officer Sir Mark Allen in being sued by two Libyan rebel leaders for the alleged role of the British government in their own and their family’s illegal rendition and torture.

From the BBC:

“Two men who say they were rendered to Libya with the help of the UK have begun an action to sue one of Britain’s most senior former MI6 officers.

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Local paper, the Redditch Standard, reports on an arson attack started outside a mosque in Redditch last week, on Tuesday 24th January.

From the Redditch Standard:

“Arsonists are believed to have started a fire outside a mosque in Redditch on Tuesday evening (January 24).

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PM David Cameron’s speech to the European Court of Human Rights was covered in the papers yesterday.

The PM alluded to the recent ECHR ruling on Abu Qatada saying:

“Protecting a country from terrorism is one of the most important tasks for any government.

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MP for Tooting, Sadiq Khan, has a short comment piece in the Evening Standard today on the exhibition on the Hajj which opens today at the British Museum.

Khan writes:

“Muslims have been performing this pilgrimage for centuries; non-Muslims are not allowed to enter this holy city. An estimated three million people from all over the globe do so every year: Chinese, Namibian, Azerbaijani and every other kind of Muslim, as well as the 25,000 British Muslims who travel each year to form this kaleidoscope of our planet.

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The BBC reports that the control order system introduced in 2005 under anti-terrorism legislation, which places terrorism suspects under close supervision and tight restrictions, is to end tonight.

From the BBC:

“The control order regime restricting the freedoms of terrorism suspects is being abolished from midnight.

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The EU Observer published an article on Monday which describes the findings in a report by Human Rights Watch as pointing to “a worrying right-wing shift inside the European Union”.

EU Observer states that the HRW report, ‘World Report 2012- Events of 2011’, “pulls no punches in linking the extreme cases to bad leadership by EU governments.”

The report states that despite proclaiming “the importance of human rights in the pro-democracy Arab Spring movements”, EU states “remained unwilling to prioritize human rights at home”.

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Local press in Lincolnshire reports that hate crimes in the county have risen by 22% in the past five years, although the region has one of the lowest levels of hate crimes in England and Wales.

The October 2011 Ministry of Justice report, Statistics on Race and the Criminal Justice System 2010, from which the figures were obtained, also shows that nationally, there has been an 18% decrease in racist incidents over the same five-year period.

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The University of East Anglia has developed a new 12 week course entitled ‘Women, Islam and the Media’, looking at how the media discourse is developed around women and Islam.

The course developer, Dr Eylem Atakav claims that the Arab Spring and new forms of female political activism has given the topic a renewed relevance and that it will serve to change perceptions of Islam.

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