URGENT Action Alert: Stop the CTS Bill!

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The British government currently seek to quickly enforce a new bill, which will make the lives of British Muslims and non- Muslims extremely difficult, if their way of life contradicts ‘British values’, (although these values have not been defined by the government). Activists, campaigners, charity workers and some religious groups, will be affected as their travel and aid work will be restricted; individuals maybe monitored in their homes and workplaces if their public or private speech is deemed to be ‘extreme’, and anyone ‘suspected’ of involvement in terror related offences in the UK or abroad could be prevented from entering Britain for 2 years or more or have their passport stripped from them, leaving them stateless. If the bill is enacted, it will also affect public servants such as local government officers, immigration officers, teachers, social workers, lecturers and other healthcare workers,who will be required to spy on their subjects and report any behavior they deem suspicious, which could simply be not attending a work party with colleagues, for example. This proposed counter terrorism and security bill seeks to take away the liberty, freedom, privacy and positive future of Muslims and Islam in the UK in particular. The following points of this bill are summarised as follows:

1.Seizure of passports from persons suspected of involvement in terrorism – The Bill proposes granting powers to police and border officials to seize a person’s passport for up to 14 days (This can be extended upon application to a judge). The seizure applies to those coming into the UK as well as those leaving and affects UK citizens as well as non-UK nationals and is based on ‘suspicion’; the officer need not have any grounds or evidence for his suspicion.

2. Temporary exclusion orders – The Bill will empower the Home Secretary to issue a Temporary Exclusion Order, which will ban a UK citizen who is abroad from returning for up to 2 years, where she/he believes there is a “reasonable suspicion of involvement in terrorist activity abroad”. The Home Secretary may issue a permit for the individual to return, but the permit will impose conditions including where the person lives and what flight they take to return to the UK.

3. Introduction of new, tougher measures within Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures – TPIMs replaced Control Orders, which were used to restrict the activity of suspected terrorists who had not been convicted. When TPIMs were introduced in 2011 they decided they would scrap the powers to move people across the country. The Home Secretary now proposes bringing back the power to send suspects to new towns (up to 200 miles from their normal residence), introducing internal exile.

4. Creating an obligation to monitor and report extremism – Colleges, schools, prisons, GPs and councils will now have a legal duty to prevent people being drawn into terrorism. Schools, nurseries even GPs will be required to monitor those they provide services to and report anyone they believe is at risk of, or has in fact been drawn in to terrorism. Universities will have to draw up policies on extremist campus speakers, and prisons will be required to have policies for dealing with radicals. The Home Office will be able to get court orders obliging bodies to comply with their obligations.

5. “De-Radicalisation” Panels – The Bill creates a legal duty that will require local authorities to establish a panel to refer people identified as being at risk of ‘being drawn into terrorism’. The composition of that panel is set out in the Bill, and its purpose is to draw up a “de-radicalisation” plan for the person identified as being at risk. The Bill makes no provision for the person identified to have legal or other representation, or in the case of a child, to have a parent present.

6. Obligations on airlines – Airlines will now be required to disclose personal information about their passengers in advance. Airlines that refuse or fail to provide advance passenger lists will be banned from landing in Britain and may face a penalty.

Read more about the bill

Stop the CTS Bill- The Bill: http://stopthebill.co.uk/the-bill-2/

CAGE
Taking away our children: the Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill 2014 http://cageuk.org/article/taking-away-our-children-counter-terrorism-and-security-bill-2014

The Independent
Counter terrorism bills should make us safer, this one will do the opposite: http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/counterterrorism-bills-should-make-us-safer-this-one-will-do-the-opposite-9924312.html

Islam21C -Life in Britain is about to get MUCH worse: http://www.islam21c.com/politics/life-in-britain-is-about-to-get-much-worse/

 What we can do

We urge all Muslims to visit www.stopthebill.co.uk for all the latest information regarding this bill and to join the #StoptheBill campaign. The government want to approve this bill as soon as possible and it is currently in its third reading. However, there are things we can do in the meantime to help prevent this bill being enforced or at least amend it. Please do all you can to ensure our lives as Muslims in the UK and abroad are not affected and our practice of Islam is not compromised. BarakAllahu feekum.

Muslims are obliged to take all means to protect their Deen.

On the authority of Abū Saʿīd al-Khudrī (raḍiy Allāhu ʿanhu) who said,

“I heard the Messenger of Allāh (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) say, ‘Whosoever of you sees an evil, let him change it with his hand; and if he is not able to do so, then [let him change it] with his tongue; and if he is not able to do so, then with his heart — and that is the weakest of faith.”[Muslim]

– Each one of us must understand the bill and the implications on Muslims and non-Muslims alike. Educate family members and colleagues. A dedicated website and campaign has been set up which all Muslims must visit at www.stopthebill.co.uk

– Any petitions related to preventing the bill from coming into effect should be signed. The more Muslims that voice their opposition to the bill the better chance we have to stop it.

– Participate and assist groups that are working to prevent this bill.

– And we must make duʿā’ and pray that Allāh helps us to overcome this bill, and allows us to continue to practise our religion peacefully. As Allāh mentions:

“..and your Lord said: ‘Invoke Me, [i.e. believe in My Oneness (Islamic Monotheism)] (and ask Me for anything) I will respond to your (invocation). Verily! Those who scorn My worship [i.e. do not invoke Me, and do not believe in My Oneness, (Islamic Monotheism)] they will surely enter Hell in humiliation.’”[Al-Qur’ān, 40:60]

Sign the Petition

Please circulate this petition far and wide and don’t forget to confirm the reply email sent to you after signing as your signature will not be registered otherwise.

SIGN PETITION NOW

Write to you MP

– Send letters and emails to your local MP. It is the MP’s that will be voting on the bill. Therefore we must lobby our MP’s to ensure they vote against the bill.

You can search for and find the information to contact ask local government officials on this link: www.writetothem.com

Template letter for your MP (provided by MEND):

I am writing to express my deepest concern at the proposals contained in the Counter-terrorism and Security Bill currently before Parliament.

The Bill was introduced on 26 November and despite the Christmas recess, is nearly on its way to the Third Reading. Important changes to the relationship between the citizen and the state and the potential for major encroachment on civil liberties is deserving of proper legislative scrutiny, not laws that are expedited for party political gain.

The Conservatives and Labour may be feeling the bite of UKIP at their heels in an election year but that is no grounds for gambling away our precious freedoms and the foundations of an open society without due diligence and proper debate about the implications of this Bill on society and British Muslims especially. I have the following key concerns over the proposed Bill:

Surrender of passport – The Bill proposes granting powers to police and border officials to strip British citizens of their passports for up to 14 days without due process and on the basis of ‘suspicion’ alone. This is highly arbitrary to say the least. We know from analysis by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and the Equality and Human Rights Commission on ‘stop and search’ powers that Blacks and Asians are between five and seven times more likely than their White counterparts to be stopped by police. There is nothing to suggest that the new powers will operate any differently heaping major inconvenience and misery on already marginalised and vulnerable communities.

Temporary exclusion orders – The provisions in the Bill to introduce ‘Temporary Exclusion Orders’ are ill-disguised attempt to expand the executive powers of the Home Secretary to exclude British citizens from their own country without judicial oversight or recourse to law. The Home Secretary has already excluded a significant number of British Muslims from the UK in recent years, including individuals who have subsequently been killed in US drone attacks. This cavalier rejection of the duties of the state to a British citizen is morally circumspect and does not befit our abiding by and upholding the rule of law and complying with treaty agreements on citizenship rights and duties.

Prevent programme – The statutory duty to implement Prevent which under the Bill will extend to local councils, universities, colleges, schools, nurseries, supplementary schools (madrassahs), probation services and prisons raises the prospect of a mass violation of civil liberties. As we know with previous implementation of the Prevent programme, abuse of power has followed when statutory agencies have been duty-bound to apply counter-terrorism policy. The impact has been vastly counter-productive breeding the kind of alienation and grievances against the state that feeds the narrative used by radicalisers to prey on vulnerable victims.

In the past, Muslim nursery children have been profiled by counter-terrorism officers, Muslim students at schools and universities have been stigmatised with their lecturers and teachers called on to “identify signs of radicalisation” – whatever these might be. The growing incidence of Muslim children being referred to the Channel programme and the fears of “spying” on Muslim students of all ages raise profound fears of the statutory duty reintroducing policies that have already proved a huge failure.

Before the 2010 general election, political parties were at pains to point out that the way to defeat extremism and terrorism was to resort to law and criminal prosecution of those suspected of involvement in terrorist activity. In recent years, we have seen the law play second fiddle to politics. When our civil liberties are at stake and the threat from extremism and terrorism still looms large, we turn to our elected representatives to act with moral integrity and reject draconian measures that will keep us neither safe nor free.

I am writing to voice my concerns about this Bill as its return to the Chamber and to urge you to vote against it in its current form.

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For a template letter to the government, please see here.

**Please forward this action alert to your contacts at the very least. This bill affects us all so we must come together to defend our liberty, honour and freedom. May Allah reward you all with the best in this life and the hereafter, and may He aid us in our plight, ameen.

www.4themuslims.com

 

Sources:

Stop the bill khutbah campaign

StopThebill.co.uk

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