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Socialist Renewal - fourth series: 6


Countering Civil Rights


Tony Bunyan, editor of Statewatch, scrutinises the emerging counter-terrorism regime of the G8 countries and the European Union.  

His report forms a keynote text for the 2005 Conference of the European Network for Peace and Human Rights.



The United Kingdom government has replaced powers to detain suspected terrorists under the Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001 (ATCSA 2001) with the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005 (PTA 2005).  


In place of indefinite detention in Belmarsh prison, the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005 has introduced ‘control orders’ which will be based on ‘intelligence assessments’ prepared by MI5 and authorised by the Home Secretary.  ‘Control orders’ include ‘tagging’, no mobile phones or internet access, restricted movements, and indefinite ‘house arrests’.  Individuals will be able to appeal against the orders and conditions, but these judicial hearings will effectively take place in camera without the defendant or their lawyers being present.  


Using public and secret documents, this report looks at moves in the UK, US, the G8, the Council of the European Union, and the Council of Europe to introduce new, preparatory offences including apologie, ‘intelligence information’ as ‘evidence’ in court gathered by ‘special investigative techniques’ including from third states, and asks can the rule of law and democratic standards survive?






ISBN: 978 085124 7113

Price: £2.00  



Tony Bunyan has also edited 

The War on Freedom and Democracy


































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