Ekkesia co-director Simon Barrow is one of a range of signatories to a letter in the Independent newspaper (others include leading academics, educationists and human rights advocates) expressing concern about the impact of an enforced PREVENT strategy on open debate, free speech and political dissent across Britain. There will be more to follow on this. The letter appeared on Friday 10th June 2015. It is reproduced in full here:
What are the principal lessons of the ten years of war since the 11 September 2001 attacks? Paul Rogers, professor in the department of peace studies at Bradford University, gives some crisp answers. He has played a prominent role in the Oxford Research Group, has written extensively on related global and regional issues, and his first openDemocracy column was published a few days after 9/11.
Amnesty International yesterday (27 January 2010) called on all states to take concrete steps to end secret detention, following publication of a detailed United Nations report on its widespread use in the name of countering terrorism.
The Government has suffered another legal humiliation over its implementation of anti-terror legislation. The UK Supreme Court has ruled that special Treasury orders freezing the assets of individuals it believes may be connected to terrorism have been applied unlawfully.
Churches in Sri Lanka have denounced the revival of a draconian anti-terrorism law by the government aimed at hobbling support for ethnic Tamil rebels with whom government forces are in almost a fully-fledged war despite there being an official cease-fire - reports Ecumenical News International.