Thursday, August 25, 2005

UK to start deporting clerics, tells UN to scram.

UK: Charles Clarke is putting up a tough front, but with the court battles I doubt anything of substance will happen.

THE first arrests of extremist clerics planned for next week will test how successfully the Government can swiftly deport the “preachers of hate” under rules announced yesterday. Charles Clarke is preparing to act against a number of individuals despite warnings, including one from a UN official, that the deportations will breach Britain’s human rights obligations. The Home Secretary accused the UN of being too preoccupied with the rights of terrorists when it should be more concerned about their victims. He dismissed criticism by Manfred Nowak, the UN’s special rapporteur on torture, of the new powers which will make it easier to get rid of undesirables from Britain. Mr Clarke said: “The human rights of those people who were blown up on the Tube in London on July 7, are, to be quite frank, more important than the human rights on the people who committed those acts.” He announced that a new list of unacceptable behaviours allowing him to deport people is now in force.

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