Saturday, August 27, 2005

Livingstone launches bid to protect civil liberties

A new campaign is being launched by a coalition of different groups in a bid to ensure anti-terror measures do not unfairly criminalise or exclude.
Ken Livingstone, Muslim and Sikh groups, Liberty, trade unionists and MPs are just some of the signatories to a joint statement on fighting terror.

They call for a "broad consensus" in tackling the threat of extremism.

Labour MP Sadiq Khan warned there was "widespread concern" about some of the measures planned by ministers.

"There is a real danger that hastily drafted legislation could end up stifling the ability of Britons to stand up for those living under oppression abroad. Who decides if someone is a terrorist or a freedom fighter?" he said.

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