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Home Secretary: Government must stop talking to Muslims only about counter-terrorism

May: new relationship with British Muslims

The Government should treat the Muslim community as a “mature and fundamental part of our society”, says Home Secretary Theresa May.

Speaking at a belated Foreign Office reception to mark the Muslim festival of Eid, The Home Secretary said to break down barriers and tackle discrimination ‘it is time the Government stopped talking to Muslims only about counter-terrorism’. Continue reading

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Demands for inquiry after new police restraint death

Olaseni Lewis

The family of a Kingston University student who died less than weeks ago at a psychiatric hospital in Beckenham has called for the IPCC to investigate the circumstances into his death.

Olaseni Lewis 23 from South Norwood, who was studying to receive a Masters degree in IT and business management at Kingston University, was accompanied to the hospital by his family after they became concerned he was “behaving strangely, alternating between calm and agitated phases”. Continue reading

Scottish Refugee Council: ‘Make detention of children illegal’

Yarl's Wood immigration centre

Scottish Refugee Council calls for the detention of children of failed asylum seekers to be made illegal.

The Scottish Refugee Council says the coalition government should make good on its commitment to end the practice and not wait for the results of a Home Office review. Continue reading

Hollobone calling for ban on Burqa

Hollobone accused of "empty rhetoric"

Philip Hollobone, MP for Kettering, is finding himself in hot water over his refusal to meet any constituent wearing the Niqab despite having won his seat off the back of Muslim support.

An article in yesterday’s Guardian by Hugh Muir highlights the sense of betrayal felt by some of Hollobone’s constituents. Continue reading

Arizona debate persists as immigration law passed

Anger over immigration law

On July 28, 2010, U.S. District Court judge Susan Bolton blocked the two most controversial parts of an anti-immigration law, known as Arizona SB 2010, one day before the law was about to come into force.

It was argued that immigration was under the jurisdiction of the federal government. However, the Arizona legislation, dominated by the Republican Party, insisted to take immigration into its own hands despite legal challenges over its constitutionality and compliance with civil rights law. Continue reading

Kettering MP faces legal action for discrimination

Philip Hollobone MP

Leading human rights organisation, Liberty, has threatened a Conservative MP with legal action for unlawful discrimination after he issued a refusal to meet any constituents attending his surgeries wearing a niqab.

Kettering MP said if women didn’t want to remove their veil, he would ask them to write to him instead of a face-to-face meeting. Continue reading

Britain turns its face against banning the Burka

Minister Damian Green

In a move that will be welcomed by Muslim and progressive communities across the country, the UK Immigration Minister Damain Green in response to the private members bill put forward by the Tory MP Philip Hollobone suggesting that the burka should be banned has stated that such a law would be at odds with the UK’s ‘tolerant and mutually respectful society’. Continue reading