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(Apr 02, 2008) A counter-terrorism bill that would extend from 28 days to 42 the period that suspected terrorists can be detained without charge is currently before the Parliament of the United Kingdom. The government's recently established Equality and Human Rights Commission has indicated that it will launch a legal challenge to the provisions of the Bill, as it considers them contrary to provisions of the Human Rights Act 1998 and possibly also in breach of the Race Relations Act 1976. The bill also requires individuals who have been convicted of a terrorist offense to report their address to the police and to notify the police if they move. In addition, it allows for enhanced sentences to be passed if offenders commit an offense that has a terrorist element. (Counter-Terrorism Bill 2007-08, Bill 63, 07-08, http://services.parliament.uk/bills/2007-08/counterterrorism.html (last visited Apr. 10, 2008); and Alan Travis, Watchdog's Threat to 42-Day Terror Law, THE GUARDIAN (London), Mar. 31, 2008, available at http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2008/mar/31/terrorism.uksecurity.)

Author: Clare Feikert-Ahalt More by this author
Topic: Terrorism More on this topic
Jurisdiction: United Kingdom More about this jurisdiction

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Last updated: 04/02/2008