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Repeal legislation allowing detention for 28 days without trial

Comment 1st July 2010

Repeal sections 23-25 of  "Terrorism Act 2006 Chapter 11", "Detention of terrorism suspects".

Why does this matter?

None of the other great western democracies have such an extraordinarily long detention period of 28 days without trial or charge and they are under as much threat as us. This may be worthy of a third world police state but not of United Kingdom, a country which has done so much to establish international human rights conventions and the rule of law. There is nothing, in theory, to stop the government from accusing any one of us of being a terrorist. The maximum detention without trial or charge was originally going to be 90 days and if 90 days, why not 180 days or 1 year, 2 years, 5 years or 20 years…..

Article 9 of The Universal Declaration on Human Rights

  • No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.

Article 10 of The Universal Declaration on Human Rights

  • Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him.
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