Grayling: ‘real plan’ on human rights imminent – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Justice secretary Chris Grayling today promised a “real plan” to shake up human rights law, prompting speculation that prime minister David Cameron will fill in the details in his speech to the Conservative party conference tomorrow.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 30th September 2014

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Legal Aid Challenge Success, Assisted Suicide and the Future of UK Human Rights – the Human Rights Roundup – UK Human Rights Blog

‘This week, the Conservative Party will unveil its plans for human rights reform in the UK. In other news, Chris Grayling’s decision to drastically reduce the number of legal aid contacts granted is successfully challenged, while a prosecution for assisted suicide keeps the assisted dying debate alive.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 28th September 2014

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Victims’ Rights, the EU Charter, and Passport Confiscation – the Human Rights Roundup – UK Human Rights Blog

‘In recent news, the government outlines proposals for increased rights for the victims of crime, as well as for the revocation and confiscation of passports for ISIS fighters returning to the UK. In other news, the legality of the EU Charter comes back to haunt Chris Grayling once again.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 15th September 2014

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Terror suspect Haroon Aswat’s extradition approved – BBC News

Posted September 4th, 2014 in conspiracy, extradition, human rights, news, terrorism by sally

‘A terror suspect accused of conspiring with radical cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri can be extradited to the US, the High Court has ruled.’

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BBC News, 4th September 2014

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Threat from Syria: will new anti-terrorism proposals keep us safe? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted September 1st, 2014 in bills, international law, news, terrorism by sally

‘When the Prevention of Terrorism Act 1974 was passed against a backdrop of an IRA bombing campaign in the mainland UK, it was limited in time for a year (although would be re-passed annually until made permanent), and was passed among a genuine concern that the powers it gave were too wide-reaching. Roy Jenkins, taking the Bill through the House of Commons as Home Secretary, said “The powers… are Draconian. In combination they are unprecedented in peacetime”. One wonders what he and other legislators from 40 years ago would make of our discussions today.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 1st September 2014

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Former MI6 counter-terrorism chief warns against rush to overhaul UK laws – The Guardian

Posted August 26th, 2014 in bills, citizenship, news, proscribed organisations, terrorism, visas by tracey

‘Britain should resist a rush to overhaul its fundamental legal principles in the face of an “unproven threat” from homegrown militants fighting in Syria and Iraq, the former global counter-terrorism director of MI6 has said. In an interview with the Guardian, Richard Barrett criticised government plans for new laws to tackle British extremists and warned against Boris Johnson’s suggestion that Britons who travel to Iraq or Syria should be presumed guilty of involvement in terrorism unless they can prove their innocence.’

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The Guardian, 25th August 2014

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Senior managers ‘personally liable’ for anti-money laundering check failings at money service businesses, says HMRC – OUT-LAW.com

‘Senior managers at ‘money service businesses’ face up to two years imprisonment and an unlimited fine if their neglect leads to money laundering or terrorist financing activities, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has warned.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 14th August 2014

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British student cleared of attempting to smuggle cash to Syrian jihadists – The Guardian

Posted August 14th, 2014 in conspiracy, news, terrorism by sally

‘A British student accused of trying to smuggle thousands of pounds in her underwear to jihadist rebels in Syria has been cleared of conspiring to fund terrorism but her friend has become only the second Britain to be found guilty of the offence.’

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The Guardian, 13th August 2014

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Extremist jailed for possessing terrorist material and evading justice – The Guardian

Posted August 12th, 2014 in bail, news, passports, sentencing, terrorism by sally

‘An extremist convicted of trying to flee the country after he was caught with terrorist material on his computer has been jailed for a total of two years and seven months.’

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The Guardian, 12th August 2014

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UK terrorism laws so broad it has begun to ‘catch those it never intended to’ – The Independent

Posted July 24th, 2014 in legislation, media, news, reports, terrorism by sally

‘UK anti-terrorism laws are so broadly drawn they are in danger of catching journalists, bloggers, and those it was “never intended to cover” the counter-terrorism watchdog has said.’

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The Independent, 22nd July 2014

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UK definition of terrorism ‘could catch political journalists and bloggers’ – The Guardian

Posted July 23rd, 2014 in investigatory powers, news, statutory interpretation, terrorism by michael

‘The current British definition of terrorism is so broadly drawn that it could even catch political journalists and bloggers who publish material that the authorities consider dangerous to public safety, said the official counter-terrorism watchdog.’

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The Guardian, 22nd July 2014

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DRIP: 5 unjust government arguments – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

‘It is suggested that the USA PATRIOT Act, legislation swiftly enacted by US Congress in the wake of the 11 September 2001 terrorist act was a “backronym” designed to play on the national pride around at the time. Clever political manoeuvring? Potentially so.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 16th July 2014

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‘On-the-run’ scheme flawed but not unlawful, inquiry finds – The Guardian

‘The post-Troubles scheme devised to reassure Irish republican “on-the-runs” (OTRs) that they were no longer wanted by the police was lawful and did not give terrorist suspects an amnesty, an independent review has concluded.’

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The Guardian, 17th July 2014

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Terrorism laws watchdog issues warning over security services scrutiny – The Guardian

‘David Anderson says privacy and civil liberties board that is planned to replace his job must have unfettered access.’

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The Guardian, 17th July 2014

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Emergency surveillance bill clears Commons – The Guardian

‘Controversial emergency surveillance legislation has cleared the Commons after an extended sitting and angry exchanges alleging an abuse of parliament.’

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The Guardian, 16th July 2014

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NSA surveillance data: UK access to information faces legal challenge – The Guardian

‘The biggest domestic legal challenge to UK intelligence agencies accessing the mass data harvested by the US National Security Agency (NSA) begins on Monday, and may be one reason behind the government’s decision to introduce emergency surveillance laws into parliament next week, campaigners have suggested.’

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The Guardian, 11th July 2014

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Tribunal to hear legal challenge to GCHQ surveillance claims – BBC News

‘A tribunal is to hear a legal challenge by civil liberty groups against the alleged use of mass surveillance programmes by UK intelligence services.’

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BBC News, 14th July 2014

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Emergency data law: What you need to know about the bill that makes ISPs store your data – The Independent

‘The Government has caused uproar this morning by introducing an emergency bill that forces telecom companies to store users’ personal data for 12 months despite the European Union ruling this April that such powers are illegal.’

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The Independent, 10th July 2014

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Surveillance law wins cross-party support but critics claim stitch-up – The Guardian

‘David Cameron and his Liberal Democrat deputy, Nick Clegg, have unveiled emergency surveillance legislation that will shore up government powers to require phone and internet companies to retain and hand over data to the security services.

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The Guardian, 10th July 2014

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Ministers push for new legislation to track phone usage – The Guardian

‘Ministers are poised to pass emergency laws to require phone companies to log records of phone calls, texts and internet usage, but Labour and Liberal Democrats are warning that they will not allow any new law to become a backdoor route to reinstating a wider “snooper’s charter”.’

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The Guardian, 6th July 2014

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