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CAMPACC forum on Decriminalising Communities: Challenging the Policy of ‘Terrorist’ Bans

Monday 20 December 2010, 6.30-8.30pm
Garden Court Chambers, 57-60 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, WC2A 3LJ

Join us for a discussion and informal social gathering to celebrate the launch of four new briefing papers that highlight the impact of UK government anti-terrorism legislation on migrant communities here. In particular, bans on organisations make the UK government complicit with oppressive regimes overseas; this neither enhances human rights nor protects our security.

The meeting will provide an opportunity to hear contributions from representatives of four communities – Kurds, Tamils, Baluch and Basques (the subjects of the four papers). Speakers will explain how their communities are living in fear under the constraints imposed by the UK’s unjust laws. In particular, the ban on overseas organisations and support for liberation movements deters people from speaking out about injustices in their homelands by prohibiting expressions of solidarity with groups deemed to be “terrorists”.

The papers question the bans by showing how they unfairly criminalise communities and curtain freedoms that should be regarded as fundamental rights. Produced by CAMPACC in close collaboration with the four communities, the papers put the case for challenging the bans, for lifting them and thus for decriminalising migrant communities here.

Chaired by Dr Vicki Sentas, School of Law King’s College and CAMPACC

Speakers include:

Jeremy Corbyn MP
Matt Foot, BirnbergPeirce solicitor
Cumarasamy Chithambarapillai, lawyer
Kasim Agpak, Kurdish Federation UK
Faiz Baluch, Baluch human rights campaigner
Kiko Moraiz, London Basques Solidarity Campaign
& Les Levidow, CAMPACC