A victory for British values: MCB applauds House of Lords Decision on 42-Days

14 Oct 2008

The Muslim Council of Britain expresses its gratitude to the multitude of organisations as well as individuals who expressed their opposition to the proposal to detain persons suspected of `terrorism’ for 42 days before charge. We should like to make particular mention of Liberty and Amnesty International for their excellent campaign on this issue and for their principled stand. Together with others the MCB will remain vigilant to ensure that proposals that have adverse and unfair discriminatory impact on any section of our society and compromise our long cherished traditions of respect for human rights are defeated.

Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari, the Secretary General of the MCB said, `The Muslim Council of Britain applauds the House of Lords for its decision defeating the government’s proposal to extend the time for pre-charge detention to 42 days. The proposal, as we have always maintained was ill-conceived and wholly lacking in evidentiary foundation. Indeed it had the real potential for being counter productive in that its approval would have given a completely negative and unhelpful message to all those who are working hard to eradicate causes for anger that for some translates into criminal conduct.’

He added, `We are pleased with the governments’ announcement that the proposal is for the moment being dropped. We urge it to be dropped for ever. Whilst the MCB supports the imposition of tough sentences on those against whom charges of carrying out terrorist attacks are proved in fair and open trials, we will remain resolutely opposed to any measure that presumes guilt before trial and permits denial of the most fundamental of human rights – the right to liberty – without due process. `