(London) CAGE is concerned by the disproportionate response of UK police following the alleged death of Abdul Waheed Majid in Syria. Despite the lack of verification and the fact that a family and community are mourning the loss, the response of the local police has been to swamp the locality and carry out dawn raids on various families. A further three raids this morning indicates that the police are attempting to use the incident as an opportunity to intimidate a besieged community, hunt for suspects when there has been no crime and tarnish the reputation of local activists.
From the Ecuadorian embassy in London, Julian Assange sent a stirring video message to supporters in which he denounced the government’s counter-terrorism programme, PREVENT as a 'modern system of making people into informants.'
Click here to read The PREVENT strategy: a cradle to grave police-state
UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers has met the son of Dr Mahmoud al-Jaidah in Qatar
CAGE calls for TPIMs to be chopped as parliamentary committee says measures are 'withering on the vine'Written by CP Editor Thursday, 23 January 2014
14 Jan, 2014 – The Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief (IHH) had their offices raided by Turkish anti-terrorism police in Kilis. The raids were conducted without any search warrants and further, by agencies that were not appropriate for any investigations.
While focus has moved away from Pakistan regarding 'war on terror' abuses activist Amina Masood Janjua's campaign shows that enforced disappearances actually went up this year
Update: AbdurRahman al-Jaidah has been released on 24 December 2013 from captivity and is now safe and back with his family.
Click here for an Arabic version of the Press release
23 December 2013
Today at 11.30 am (UAE time), AbdurRahman al-Jaidah was physically assaulted by security officers and abducted from the Court hearing that he was attending, in front of several witnesses. His whereabouts are still unknown.
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Forgotten Women of the "war on terror"
More Syria-related police raids but no evidence of threat to UK
The prevent strategy: a cradle to grave police-state
Julian Assange: 'it's not just the Muslims'
CAGE releases new report on government counter-terorrism excesses
CAGE letter published in Evening Standard newspaper
Citizenship: a right or a privilege?
One after the other: Niqab, segregation and now the cartoon controversy