Government Defeat Cannot Overshadow Other Draconian Terrorism Laws
London, UK, November 9 – While welcoming the defeat of the government over plans to arbitrarily detain terrorism suspects without charge for a period of 90 days, Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain, a non-violent Islamic political party, reiterates the need for all people of conscience, Muslim and non-Muslim, to speak out against the other draconian measures contained within the legislation. In particular, the vague definition of "glorification" will criminalise vast swathes of the Muslim community who speak out on behalf of oppressed Muslims across the world, and the widening of the grounds of proscription will open the door to the banning of political organisations that abhor violence but stand up to Western imposed dictators and tyrants.
Taji Mustafa, a Media Representative of Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain, said, "Despite the government defeat, the prospect of innocent young Muslim men now being held without charge for 28 days is likely to harm community relations. The measures to outlaw the 'glorification of terrorism' will criminalise support for legitimate resistance struggles against oppression as well as campaigns to end the illegal occupation of Iraq."
"In light of the government's defeat, Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain calls upon all people of conscience, Muslim and non-Muslim, to now mobilise against the other draconian measures contained within this legislation. We are convening an emergency public meeting this weekend to discuss the full impact of proposed anti-terror legislation."