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Detention of David Miranda is just the tip of the iceberg

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Schedule 7 - IHRC campaign against legislation; also advice on know your rights. 

The detention of David Miranda is just a series in a long line of people that have been abused by Schedule 7, says a Human rights organisation.

The IHRC (Islamic Human Rights Commission) says it has long campaigned against this legislation.

Muslims are routinely stopped at airports, held, questioned, intimidated and scared into giving information to security personnel with threats of imprisonment if they refuse to answer.

Chair of IHRC, Massoud Shadjareh, sits on the Schedule 7 Accountability Board and was also a victim of Schedule 7 at Heathrow airport.

The organisation has released a ‘know your rights’, advice, informing people of their rights under the Schedule 7.

He said, "Our advice shows when police can stop you and what they cannot do. Police cannot ask you to spy on/inform on members of your community – the Act exists to stop terrorism not as a recruitment tool for police.

"Police cannot use force when questioning you. Police cannot take your DNA, fingerprints or intimate samples without your permission".

"The IHRC in response to the Home Office Consultation paper forwarded recommendations after consulting with members of the public. "One of the things that IHRC told the home office was that individuals were routinely asked how many times they pray, what mosque they go to and who they voted for, which has nothing to do with tackling terrorism".

The detention of David Miranda is just a series in a long line of people that have been abused by Schedule 7, says a Human rights organisation.

The IHRC (Islamic Human Rights Commission) says it has long campaigned against this legislation.

Muslims are routinely stopped at airports, held, questioned, intimidated and scared into giving information to security personnel with threats of imprisonment if they refuse to answer.

Chair of IHRC, Massoud Shadjareh, sits on the Schedule 7 Accountability Board and was also a victim of Schedule 7 at Heathrow airport.

The organisation has released a ‘know your rights’, advice, informing people of their rights under the Schedule 7.

He said, "Our advice shows when police can stop you and what they cannot do. Police cannot ask you to spy on/inform on members of your community – the Act exists to stop terrorism not as a recruitment tool for police.

"Police cannot use force when questioning you. Police cannot take your DNA, fingerprints or intimate samples without your permission".

"The IHRC in response to the Home Office Consultation paper forwarded recommendations after consulting with members of the public. "One of the things that IHRC told the home office was that individuals were routinely asked how many times they pray, what mosque they go to and who they voted for, which has nothing to do with tackling terrorism".

Read the original article published in the Asain Image on 20th August 2013

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