UK anti-terror proposals reported to breach European rights convention

[JURIST] UK Prime Minister Tony Blair's proposed anti-terrorism law [text; BBC backgrounder] is under more pressure for amendment [JURIST report] after the UK Parliament's Joint Committee on Human Rights Monday reported [text] that currently-proposed provisions - such as the proposal that someone could be found guilty of inciting terrorist behavior regardless of intent – would be contrary to the European Convention on Human Rights [text] (ECHR). The joint Commons and Lords committee, which heard extensive testimony [JURIST video] from UK Home Secretary Charles Clarke in October, has proposed inserting an element of intent into the bill, an addition that is expected to be welcomed by opposition parties and civil rights activists who have long urged such modifications. The committee report also found the suggested offense of attending a terror training camp legally problematic and said the proposed extension beyond 14 days of the period of permissible detention without charge unjustified in present circumstancdes. Politics.co.uk has more.

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