Anjem Choudary jailed for five-and-a-half years for urging support of Isis – The Guardian

Posted September 7th, 2016 in freedom of expression, news, proscribed organisations, sentencing, terrorism by sally

‘Anjem Choudary, who preached hate over two decades with seeming impunity from legal punishment, has been jailed for five years and six months for his activities to support Islamic State.’

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The Guardian, 6th September 2016

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Should Burkinis Be Banned? – RightsInfo

Posted September 1st, 2016 in freedom of expression, Islam, news by sally

‘Authorities in several towns in France have controversially banned ‘burkinis’ – a form of swimwear popular with Muslim women – in the wake of recent terrorist attacks in the country. Is banning burkinis necessary to prevent public disorder or does it go too far and violate the right to freedom of religion?’

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RightsInfo, 24th August 2016

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Lift police visible tattoo bans, says federation – BBC News

Posted August 30th, 2016 in freedom of expression, news, police by sally

‘Police officers should be allowed to have tattoos on their hands, neck and even faces, the Police Federation of England and Wales says.’

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BBC News, 29th August 2016

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Prevent Duty Part 3: British Values, Human Rights and handling “due regard” duty in practice – Cloisters

‘In this third article Declan O’Dempsey looks at the concept of “British Values” in the context of the Prevent Duty. It appears in the definition of “extremism” in the Guidance. British values are mentioned in the Guidance. However only examples are given of what constitute British values. In a post Brexit discussion these values have taken on a more important aspect. To what extent is tolerance a British Value?’

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Cloisters, 16th August 2016

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Prevent Duty Part 4: Practical operation of a “due regard” duty: lessons from the Equality Act 2010 for the application of the Prevent Duty by universities – Cloisters

‘In his fourth article on Prevent Duty Declan O’Dempsey looks at the similarities between the Prevent Duty to have due regard and consider what the practical application of that duty to have due regard will look like in the light of the existing body of case law on the analogous s 149 of the Equality Act 2010.’

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Cloisters, 22nd August 2016

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Government sets out new measures to tackle extremism in prisons – Ministry of Justice

Posted August 25th, 2016 in freedom of expression, Islam, news, prison officers, prisons by sally

‘Extremists to be held in ‘specialist units’, a crackdown on extremist literature and tightened vetting of prison chaplains.’

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Ministry of Justice, 22nd August 2016

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The Prevent Duty Part 2: Government Guidance and Practical Guidance – Cloisters

Posted August 25th, 2016 in crime prevention, equality, freedom of expression, news, terrorism, universities by sally

‘In this article I deal with the government issued guidance on the Prevent Duty under section 21 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 as it applies to universities.’

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Cloisters, 2nd August 2016

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Met to launch £1.7m troll-hunter squad after steep rise in online threats and abuse – Daily Telegraph

‘Scotland Yard has created a new unit to police Facebook and Twitter by investigating offensive comments.’

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Daily Telegraph, 14th August 2016

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CA orders release of court judgment on Ellie Butler’s death – UK Human Rights Blog

‘C (a child) [2016] EWCA Civ 798. This is the most recent in the long series of legal steps touching on the violent career of Ben Butler, recently convicted of the murder of his daughter, Ellie.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 9th August 2016

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What you’re reading should be no business of the police – but our freedom of expression is at risk – The Independent

‘Think carefully before you pack your holiday reading. As The Independent reported earlier this week, Faizah Shaheen was detained under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act last month after cabin crew on her Thomson Airways flight spotted her reading a book about Syria.’

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The Independent, 7th August 2016

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The Human Rights Act helps us hold power to account. We must defend it – The Guardian

‘Protestors like John Catt are being monitored by the state without explanation – except that they ‘could be a victim’ of a future crime. What’s going on?’

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The Guardian, 26th July 2016

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Part 1: the Prevent Duty for Universities – Cloisters

‘In this article I deal with the basics of the legal framework for the Prevent Duty. The simplest way of thinking about the Prevent Duty is visualisation. Imagining that you are the character at which Dirty Harry is pointing his gun in that film while uttering the words: “You’ve got to ask yourself one question: “do I feel lucky?”… Well do you punk?” The government has attempted to shift the publicity and legal risks from itself to the universities by use of the Prevent Duty. On the face of it universities have a dilemma: how to have due regard to the need to prevent people being drawn into terrorism, whilst taking all reasonably practicable steps to ensure free speech and academic freedom.’

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Cloisters, 26th July 2016

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Should asylum seekers take action to avoid persecution on the ground of political opinion incorrectly attributed to them? – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The Court of Appeal dismissed the Secretary of State’s appeal challenging the Upper Tribunal’s decision that MSM would have been at risk on return to Somalia on the ground of political opinion. Exceptionally, the court went on to consider the modification of conduct issue in relation to imputed political opinion on an obiter basis, which gave rise to interesting analysis.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 22nd July 2016

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Human rights group condemns Prevent anti-radicalisation strategy – The Guardian

‘The government’s Prevent strategy aimed at combating homegrown terrorism is stifling freedom of expression within the classroom and risks being counterproductive, a human rights report warns.’

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The Guardian, 13th July 2016

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How To Prevent Miscarriages Of Justice: Let Journalists Speak To Prisoners – RightsInfo

’17 years ago, the highest court in the UK declared that a policy prohibiting journalists from interviewing prisoners to uncover potential miscarriages of justice violated the right to free expression.’

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RightsInfo, 8th July 2016

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Councils defeat judicial review challenge to motions on Israeli settlements – Local Government Lawyer

‘Three councils have successfully defended a High Court judicial review challenge brought by Jewish Human Rights Watch (JHRW) over motions passed in relation to the authorities’ business dealings and Israeli settlements.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 28th June 2016

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Feminist pornographer wins right to reinstate sadomasochism website – The Guardian

Posted June 6th, 2016 in appeals, freedom of expression, internet, news, pornography by sally

‘A feminist pornographer has hailed a victory for freedom of expression after she won her appeal against an order that had forced her to take down a sadomasochism fetish website.’

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The Guardian, 6th June 2016

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Baroness Shields calls for united action in tackling online extremism – Home Office

‘Minister for Internet Safety and Security addresses audience at the Google Zeitgeist Conference.’

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Home Office, 26th May 2016

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Free Speech Explained In 5 Human Rights Cases – RightsInfo

Posted June 2nd, 2016 in freedom of expression, human rights, judgments, news by sally

‘Freedom of speech, often called freedom of expression, is thought of by many as the cornerstone of a liberal democracy.’

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RightsInfo, 26th May 2016

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Examining the effectiveness of celebrity injunctions – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

‘Is the Supreme Court’s decision in PJS v NGN [2016] UKSC 26, [2016] All ER (D) 135 (May), as Lord Toulson suggests, out of touch with reality? Sara Mansoori, barrister at Matrix Chambers, considers the wider consequences of the case and suggests that even when information is in the public domain, the law of privacy can prevent repetition of that information where such repetition can cause unwarranted distress.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 25th May 2016

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