Yesterday, I heard someone support control orders. This video from Liberty seems an apposite response:
And on 10 Jun 2009, via Liberty responds to control order judgment.
Today the House of Lords ruled unanimously that the government has violated Article 6 of the Human Rights Act which protects the right to fair trial as ‘controlees’ don’t even receive the gist of the allegations against them. Liberty believes that this is another body blow to the unfair and unsafe control order regime.
Shami Chakrabarti, Director of Liberty said:
“If protecting the public is the top priority then Control Orders do not achieve it. Dangerous terrorists should not be in their living rooms but convicted and imprisoned. Innocent people should not be subjected to years and years of community punishment without trial. Control Orders are the worst of both worlds and the new Home Secretary should take this opportunity to learn from the mistakes of his predecessor.”
Liberty’s proforma letter to the Home Secretary is also an interesting read.