Shami Chakrabarti, the Director of Liberty, is a great friend of mine – I’ve been a supporter of her work for a long time. I stopped by to visit her recently.
Anyone who listened to the discussion last week on BBC Radio 4 any Questions? will have heard my thoughts about the controversial scheme of control orders which gives the UK government the right to hold anyone suspected of terrorist activities under indefinite house arrest.
At present, control orders allow suspects to be indefinitely tagged, confined to their homes and prohibited from communicating with others – all without a police interview, trial or charges made against them. It’s up to all of us to put pressure on the government to scrap this system and replace house arrest with surveillance to gather evidence for prosecution.
We can’t all take part in radio discussions but you can have an effect by contacting Liberty, http://www.liberty-human-rights.org.uk, to make your voice heard.