UK: Home Office put out sweeping grounds for exclusion or deportation in consultation document

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Link(pdf). This spells out one of the measures in the Prime Minister's statement on new terrorists measures including deporting and excluding people said to be encouraging terrorism. The grounds set out in consultation document go wider than the already controversial concept of "indirect incitement". The Home Secretary would take powers to exclude those so defined (with no right of appeal except on judicial review) and to deport those with temporary or indefinite leave to remain in the UK. Now there is a "List of unacceptable behaviour" which include to "forment" (foster or stimulate) terrorism or "serious criminal acivitty" or "justify or glorify terrorism" and "those who express what the Government considers to be extreme views that are in conflict with the UK's culture of tolerance".

The three statements on the government's new terrorism plans:

1. Home Office consultation document (5.8.05)
2. Statement by Prime Minister (5.8.05)
3. Home Secretary announces new terrorism laws (20.7.05)

and two reactions:

The price of a chilling and counterproductive recipe - Tony Blair cannot be allowed to sell our rights and freedoms: Shami Chatrabarti (Guardian, 8.8.05) and Stay calm, the government says, in a mad panic itself: Proposed new anti-terrorist laws will be counterproductive article by lawyer Louise Christian (Guardian, 30.7.05)

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