Archive for the 'Islam' Category

West Midlands police facing judicial review over surveillance project – The Guardian

“The West Midlands police force faces a judicial review over its plans to continue using cameras installed under a discredited scheme to place thousands of Muslims under permanent surveillance.”

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The Guardian, 18th October 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

High Court test case to keep Islamic preacher Zakir Naik out of Britain – Daily Telegraph

“A Christian minister is bringing a legal test case to try to prevent a radical Islamic preacher coming to Britain.”

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Daily Telegraph, 10th October 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Magistrates order pregnant Muslim to remove veil – Daily Telegraph

“Magistrates ordered a pregnant Muslim woman to remove her veil while she gave evidence against her violent ex-partner.”

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Daily Telegraph, 8th October 2010

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Police surveillance of Muslims set up with ‘no regard for law’ – The Guardian

“A secret police operation to place thousands of Muslims living in Birmingham under permanent surveillance was implemented with virtually no consultation, oversight or regard for the law, a report found today.”

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The Guardian, 30th September 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

An MP’s posturing talk of a burqa ban – The Guardian

“Philip Hollobone, the Tory MP for Kettering, has told the media that he won’t meet with constituents who wear a burqa or niqab. Last week Liberty wrote to him pointing out that, as the burqa and niqab are a form of dress exclusively associated with Muslim women, this will amount to direct religious discrimination. By treating Muslim women less favourably than he would treat people of other religions he is disregarding the Equality Act 2006.”

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The Guardian, 26th July 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Minister says Burka ban would be ‘un-British’ – The Independent

“Banning the wearing of burkas in public would be ‘rather un-British’, the Immigration Minister said today as he attacked efforts to make it illegal in this country.”

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The Independent, 18th July 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Tory MP proposes law to ban wearing burkas – The Independent

“A Conservative politician is seeking to make it a criminal offence to wear a burka in public. Philip Hollobone, the MP for Kettering, was the subject of a complaint to police from the Northamptonshire Race Equality Council five months ago because of remarks he made about burkas.”

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The Independent, 1st July 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Legal fight over spy cameras in Muslim suburbs – The Guardian

“A counterterrorism surveillance project targeted at two Muslim neighbourhoods in Birmingham could be halted after human rights lawyers pledged to seek a judicial review.”

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The Guardian, 11th June 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Are laws against treason still relevant or useful? – BBC News

“There have been calls for the UK’s treason laws to be used against radical Muslim groups such as Islam4UK in response to their protests about the British army’s campaign in Afghanistan. But how relevant is legislation which dates back to the 14th century?”

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BBC News, 15th February 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

UK Government backs Islamists in battle to remove their names from terror blacklist – Daily Telegraph

“The Government is secretly supporting an attempt by UK-based Islamists to have their names removed from an international terror blacklist.”

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Daily Telegraph, 19th January 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Extremist Islamist groups to be banned under new terror laws – The Guardian

“The Islamist group Islam4UK, which planned a march through Wootton Bassett, and its ‘parent’ organisation, al-Muhajiroun, are to be banned under new legislation outlawing the ‘glorification’ of terrorism.”

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The Guardian, 11th January 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

MPs investigate anti-extremism programme after spying claims – The Guardian

“A powerful committee of MPs is likely to hold a formal hearing into allegations that a government anti-extremism programme is being used to gather information on innocent Muslims.”

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The Guardian, 18th October 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Dutch MP overturns UK entry ban – BBC News

“Far-right Dutch MP Geert Wilders has won an appeal against a Home Office decision barring his entry to the UK.”

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BBC News, 13th October 2009

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Mother to give evidence in ‘honour killing’ trial – The Guardian

“The mother of a schoolgirl who disappeared 10 years ago is to give evidence against her husband at his trial for the alleged murder of their daughter in a so-called ‘honour killing’. Tulay Goren, 15, was murdered by her father and his brothers because she fell in love with the wrong man, an Old Bailey jury heard today.”

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The Guardian, 8th October 2009

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End ‘cruel’ religious slaughter, say scientists – The Independent

“Religious slaughter techniques practised by Jews and Muslims are cruel and should be ended, says a scientific assessment from the Government’s animal welfare advisers.”

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The Independent, 22nd June 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Al Muhajiroun’s return presents test for terror laws – The Independent

“A formerly defunct radical Islamist sect led by the banned preacher Omar Bakri Muhammad has appointed a new British leader and will re-form publicly this week for the first time in five years.”

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The Independent, 17th June 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Muslim catering manager claims discrimination in row over handling pork – Daily Telegraph

“Muslim catering manager Hasanali Khoja refused to cook sausages and bacon because it was against his religion, a tribunal has heard.”

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Daily Telegraph, 11th May 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Liberal imam wins libel claim against Muslim newspaper – The Times

“A progressive Muslim imam from Oxford has won a libel action against a Muslim newspaper in what he claims is a ‘watershed moment’ in the battle between liberal and extremist Muslims in Britain.”

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The Times, 8th April 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Hazel Blears’ standoff with Muslim Council overshadows new anti-terror launch

“A standoff between the communities secretary, Hazel Blears, and the Muslim Council of Britain was said last night to ‘cut to the heart’ of the government’s revised counter-terror strategy to challenge those who defend terrorism and violent extremism.”

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The Guardian, 25th March 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Anti-terror code ‘would alienate most Muslims’ – The Guardian

“The government is considering plans that would lead to thousands more British Muslims being branded as extremists, the Guardian has learned. The proposals are in a counterterrorism strategy which ministers and security officials are drawing up that is due to be unveiled next month.”

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The Guardian, 17th February 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Far-right Dutch MP refused entry to UK – The Guardian

“Geert Wilders, the rightwing Dutch politician accused of Islamophobia, was today refused entry to the UK after arriving at Heathrow airport in London.”

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The Guardian, 12th February 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Witness plan for ‘honour’ cases – BBC News

“Police forces in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are being urged to review their witness protection schemes to help combat ‘honour crimes’.”

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BBC News, 22nd October 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Purge on Muslim clerics who turn a blind eye to the abuse of women – The Times

“Muslim spiritual leaders could be denounced publicly by their own community as part of a campaign to expose imams whose silence on domestic abuse is leading to women being burnt, lashed and raped in the name of Islam.”

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The Times, 26th September 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Man sentenced over Shia flogging – BBC News

“A devout Shia Muslim has been given a suspended prison sentence for forcing two boys to beat themselves during a religious ceremony.”

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BBC News, 24th September 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Muslim police anger over leaflet – BBC News

“Muslim police leaders are demanding to know why no action has been taken over a leaflet which blames Muslims for the heroin trade.”

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BBC News, 19th September 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Man convicted over Shia flogging – BBC News

“A devout Muslim has been found guilty of child cruelty after forcing two boys to beat themselves during a religious ceremony, in an unprecedented case.”

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BBC News, 27th August 2008

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Muslim gangs ‘are taking control of prison’ – The Guardian

“Prison officers at one of Britain’s maximum security jails are losing control to Muslim gangs, according to a confidential report obtained by The Observer. An internal review of Whitemoor in Cambridgeshire warns that staff believe a ‘serious incident is imminent’ as several wings become dominated by Muslim prisoners.”

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The Guardian, 25th May 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Transsexual driving instructor in row over threat by Muslim student – Daily Telegraph

“The manager of a transsexual driving instructor who used to be a man has been threatened with court action because she sent her to teach a married Muslim woman.”

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Daily Telegraph, 21st May 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Police apologise for ‘fake’ claim over Channnel 4 mosque documentary – The Times

“The Crown Prosecution Service and West Midlands Police will apologise in the High Court today for wrongly accusing a Channel 4 film of faking an exposé of Islamic extremism.”

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The Times, 15th May 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Jail staff failing to counter extremism, warns inspector – The Guardian

“Inadequately trained staff inside Belmarsh high security prison are failing to challenge extremism and are in danger of feeding radicalisation by alienating Muslim inmates, the chief inspector of prisons warns. Anne Owers says staff at the London jail, which holds nearly 200 Muslims, face a danger of fuelling anti-western attitudes.”

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The Guardian, 15th April 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Religious rule may let Muslim sex offenders off jail therapy – The Times

“Muslims convicted of sex offences could opt out of treatment programmes intended to stop them offending because open discussion of their crimes is against their religion.”

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The Times, 9th April 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Channel 4 in libel action against police over Undercover Mosque – The Guardian

“Channel 4’s Dispatches editor Kevin Sutcliffe and the programme makers behind Undercover Mosque are pursuing a libel claim against West Midlands Police and the Crown Prosecution Service.”

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The Guardian, 27th February 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Whitehall draws up new rules on language of terror – The Guardian

“A new counter-terrorism phrasebook has been drawn up within Whitehall to advise civil servants on how to talk to Muslim communities about the nature of the terror threat without implying they are specifically to blame.”

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The Guardian, 4th February 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Study alleges ‘honour killings’ conspiracy – Daily Telegraph

“Whole communities are involved in assisting and covering up ‘honour violence’ in Britain, a new study says.”

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd Febraury 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Muslims ‘let down by race law’ – The Guardian

“Anti-Muslim prejudice is dealt with less seriously than other forms of discrimination, a university study found.”

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The Guardian, 31st January 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Muslims wary of terror law extension – The Times

“A controversial proposal by the Government to extend pre-charge detention for terror suspects to up to 42 days could undermine the help that Muslim groups are giving police, according to the Home Office’s official assessment of the measure.”

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The Times, 25th January 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Muslim women advise on extremism – BBC News

“Leading Muslim women are being brought together to advise ministers in a new tactic to root out extremism.”

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BBC News, 23rd January 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

New guidance calls on universities to reject separatism and ban those who preach violence – The Guardian

“Universities with large numbers of Muslim students should consider rejecting demands for separate prayer and washing facilities to prevent their campuses segregating along religious lines and risking a climate where illegal extremist views can flourish, the government will suggest today.”

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The Guardian, 22nd January 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Course offer ‘to fight extremism’ – BBC News

“Muslim women are to be offered courses and training in an attempt to fight extremism in their communities, the government has said.”

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BBC News, 6th January 2008

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Muslims ‘criminalised for silly thoughts’ – The Times

“Young Muslims are being convicted of thought crimes and branded as terrorists for life, the country’s most prominent Islamic leader has told The Times.”

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The Times, 6th December 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Code of practice for mosques aims to stamp out extremism – The Times

“Muslim leaders are to carry out spot checks and will introduce programmes to fight extremism in the first set of national guidelines for mosques.”

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The Times, 28th November 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Counter-terrorism officials rethink stance on Muslims – The Guardian

“Counter-terrorism officials are rethinking their approach to tackling the radicalisation of Muslim youth, abandoning what they admit has been offensive and inappropriate language. They say the term ‘war on terror’ will no longer be heard from ministers. Instead, they will use less emotive language, emphasising the criminal nature of the plots and conspiracies. The government in future, they add, will talk of a ‘struggle’ against extremist ideology, rather than a ‘battle’.”

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The Guardian, 20th Novemeber 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Police action over TV film ‘undermined free speech’ – The Times

“MPs have accused West Midlands Police of seeking to undermine freedom of speech by making a ‘perverse’ complaint about a Channel 4 programme that exposed extremism in a British mosque.”

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The Times, 20th November 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

UK terror tactics ‘create unease’ – BBC News

“The government’s approach to terrorism is creating an atmosphere of suspicion and unease, the head of the Muslim Council of Britain has said.”

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BBC News, 10th November 2007

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Dispatches footage will be given to police – The Guardian

“The high court today ordered Channel 4 to hand over untransmitted footage from its controversial Dispatches documentary Britain Under Attack to police.”

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The Guardian, 21st August 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Father and uncle given life for ‘honour’ murder – The Guardian

“The father and uncle of a young Kurdish woman began life sentences last night for arranging her ‘barbaric and callous’ murder to restore their family’s ‘honour’.”

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The Guardian, 21st July 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

‘Honour’ gang laughed as victim suffered – The Times

“The horrific final hours of a Kurdish woman murdered on the instructions of her father and uncle because she had brought ‘shame’ on her family were revealed to a court yesterday.”

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The Times, 20th July 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Four men jailed over cartoon demo – BBC News

“Four men have been jailed for their part in protests outside the Danish embassy in London, against cartoons satirising the Prophet Muhammad.”

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BBC News, 18th July 2007

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Fear of Islamist recruiting in jails – The Guardian

“As the four July 21 bomb plotters started their 40-year minimum sentences this week, a group of police special branch officers – the foot soldiers of the security services – based at Prison Service headquarters were quietly working to ensure that the failed bombers do not inspire a new generation of violent jihadists.”

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The Guardian, 14th July 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Man guilty of inciting murder at cartoon protest – The Guardian

“A man who called for British troops to be brought back from Iraq in body bags at a demonstration against cartoons said to be offensive to Islam was today found guilty of inciting murder.”

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Guardian, 5th July 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Man guilty of using internet to promote jihad – Daily Telegraph

“A third man with close links to al-Qa’eda in Iraq has admitted using the internet to urge Muslims to wage a violent holy war against all non-believers.”

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Daily Telegraph, 4th July 2007

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Magistrate walks out over Muslim woman’s veil – Daily Telegraph

“A magistrate is facing an inquiry after refusing to deal with a defendant wearing a full Muslim veil, the Judiciary of England and Wales said yesterday.”

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Daily Telegraph, 2nd July 2007

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

The deadly ending to a ‘melodrama’ – The Times

“The murder of Banaz Mahmod, a Kurdish Muslim woman, by her father and uncle, has brought the practice of honour killings to the attention of the public and has again emphasised the plight of Asian women caught between traditional religious customs and modern Western values. Moreover, the death of Miss Mahmod, 20, forces us to examine how such crimes are treated by the criminal courts and raises a question about the quality of policing in such cases.”

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The Times, 19th June 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Dishonourable acts – The Guardian

“Banaz Mahmod was murdered by her family. Each year, 12 British women like her die in ‘honour’ killings. Why aren’t we doing more to save them?” 

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The Guardian, 13th June 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

BNP jibe at lawyer who opposed veiled judges – Daily Telegraph

“A barrister who argued that Muslim judges in Britain should never wear the veil in court has been accused by a fellow barrister of deploying the arguments of the British National Party.”

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Daily Telegraph, 6th June 2007

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk


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