UK: Home Office publishes the "list of unacceptable behaviours" regarding "tackling terrorism"

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"list of unacceptable behaviours" regarding "tackling terrorism"

Consultation document: Home Office grounds for exclusion or deportation in consultation document (pdf) The Home Secretary intends to use his powers to exclude from entering the UK people who behaviour is "unacceptable" and to similarly deport foreign nationals resident in the UK. The range of people affected has been widened from, for example, religious leaders to teachers, community and youth leaders.

Ten men are currently being held pending deportations - all of whom were under "control orders" restricting their actions and movements: Statement by Gareth Peirce, lawyer, on the men arrested (pdf) The central issue in the use of these powers is not just the criteria used by the Home Secretary but concerns that those deported will be returned to countries where they would face torture or degrading and inhuman treatment. The government has concluded one agreement to take back those detained with Jordan: Memorandum of understanding on undertakings in respect of specified persons prior to deportation - full-text (pdf) of which Amnesty International UK said: Jordan assurances not worth the paper they are written on (press release). Most of the men detained are from Algeria. Manfred Nowak, the UN Special Rapporteur on torture, said such assurances were "not an appropriate tool to eradicate this risk [of torture etc]": UN expert criticises terror plans (BBC, link)

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