UK lawmakers: Anti-terrorist laws violate rights

March 4, 2007 12:35


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A British parliamentary panel on Sunday criticized contentious anti-terrorist powers that allow authorities to restrict the freedom of suspects who have not been charged with a crime. The Parliament's Joint Committee on Human Rights said the so-called control orders, which allow suspects to be placed under a form of house arrest, violated European human rights law. The committee urged the government to prosecute suspects instead. "We know there is a genuine dilemma - what to do about people who pose a serious threat but cannot be deported or prosecuted," said Labour Party legislator Andrew Dismore, who chairs the committee. "The only right answer is to find ways of prosecuting them, but we fear that the government is not as committed to prosecution as it professes to be, and we are concerned that imposing a control order relieves the pressure on the police and the Home Office to bring a criminal prosecution."

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