Concerns over anti-terror reforms

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Police are to be handed powers in the new Bill to force internet firms to hand over details that could help identify suspected terrorists and paedophiles, while police and border staff will be given the power to seize the passports of terror suspects.

Its second reading in Parliament – the first opportunity for MPs to debate the main principles of the Bill – will be announced soon.

Amnesty International UK legal adviser, Rachel Logan, raise concerns over some of the powers in the legislation. She said: “It’s dangerous to rush through this grab-bag of measures without proper scrutiny or challenge.

“While the Government needs to ensure that anyone suspected of criminal activity is investigated, measures like invalidating passports and excluding British nationals from their home country push the boundaries of international law.

“Meanwhile, adding the internal exile of forced relocation to the already unfair Tpims regime is another measure which causes significant concern for basic freedoms. We simply don’t have the fair and proper processes in place for such drastic decisions.”

Islamic Human Rights Commission chair Massoud Shadjareh said: “To go down the same route of policies which have failed to address terrorism is just going to alienate Muslims further and increase ‘otherisation’ of communities, encouraging the kind of victimisation that has resulted in ever-increasing attacks on places of worship and individuals.”

Read the full article published on 27 November on the Daily Mail website