Anti-terrorism laws: unjust powers
protests against the
"glorification of terror"
Do anti-terror laws make us safer? Whom do they protect?
- define terrorism more broadly, thus blurring any distinction between anti-government protest and organized violence against civilians;
- label numerous organisations as ‘terrorist', as a basis for placing entire communities under suspicion of associating with ‘terrorism';
- use ‘intelligence' obtained by torturing detainees abroad;
- and detain and prosecute people for suspected activities which could just as well be handled under other laws. Read more
Many Kurds in the USA, UK and in other European Union states – alongside Kurdish communities in Australia and elsewhere[i] - are being (and have been) subjected to publicly unaccountable surveillance, targeting and criminalisation actions that need to be exposed and opposed. - Des Fernandes, Kurdish Question
Please sign the following appeal by the European Association of Lawyers for Democracy & World Human Rights “Remove PKK from the EU Terror List - lift the activity ban - support the peace process – legal reassessment necessary” if you have not done it already,http://www.eldh.eu/campaigns/delist-pkk/
A protest march against the Global Law Summit reminds us that the charter is still relevant today. - 26 February 2015, New Statesman
There has been growing conflict between struggles for national self-determination (SD) versus the global ‘counter-terror” regime' and its effects on diasporic communities. 'Anti-terror' legislation has been used to advance the imperialist agendas of governments and a wider military-industrial-securitisation complex. Their agenda has attacked political organisations (as well as others such as lawyers, investigative journalists, publishers) that are perceived to be linked with SD struggles.
CAMPACC is initiating a research and public outreach project critically examining those issues, especially in relation to UK migrant communities. An initial outcome will be a briefing paper drawing upon discussions at workshops that we will organise. These will involve active engagement from various diaspora community groups, researchers, lawyers and academics involved in these issues.
The barbarous phenomenon we recently witnessed in France has roots that go back to at least 1979 when the mujahedeen made their appearance in Afghanistan. At that time their ire was directed at the leftist Taraki government that had come into power in April of 1978. This government’s ascension to power was a sudden and totally indigenous happening – with equal surprise to both the USA and the USSR. - Professor John Ryan - Global Research, 7 February 2015
Your Excellency - We are a coalition of several communities in the UK to counter the criminalisation of communities in the name of combating terrorism. We are writing to you about our grave concern on the arrest of 16 people amongst them 12 lawyers for alleged terrorist offences on the 12th of January 2015 in the Basque Country and Madrid.
The International State Crime Initiative and the Transnational Instituteinvites you to the launch of the reportBuilding Peace in Permanent War: Terrorist Listing, Conflict TransformationHow do global counterterrorism laws impact on peacebuilders and the potential for the lasting transformation of armed conflicts? Building Peace in Permanent War: Terrorist Listing & Conflict Transformation by Louise Boon-Kuo, Ben Hayes, Vicki Sentas, and Gavin Sullivan addresses this complex issue. The report combines legal and political analysis with in-depth case studies drawing on the testimony of diverse actors engaged in conflict transformation.
The Tamil Information Centre (TIC) in association with the SOAS Tamil Society is organising a panel discussion on ‘Building Democracy through Transitional Justice’ at the Brunei Gallery, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H OXG on Sunday, 1 February 2015 from 2.30pm to 5.30pm