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General election on 4 July brings legislative ‘wash-up’, halting key bills

Prime minister Rishi Sunak last week announced a general election on 4 July. It meant that the government had just two days to decide which laws to attempt to rush through the legislative process and which to abandon in the period known as the ‘wash-up’. Lawyers have said that among this legislation is the attempt to ban public bodies from boycotting Israel through the Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill; this legislation has been lost. The government has also not yet introduced into Parliament the draft Terrorism (Protection of Premises) Bill, also known as Martyn’s Law, by the time the election was called, so it will also face further delay before it can begin its parliamentary journey. The bill would have placed a statutory duty on those responsible for qualifying events to take proportionate and reasonable measures to improve public safety and protection against the threat of terrorism. The full […]

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Byline Times: Lawyer says Walney’s ‘extreme protest groups’ report is ‘dangerous’

A report on “extreme protest groups”  is expected to recommend a new category proscribing Just Stop Oil and Palestine Action as “extreme” is an attempt to silence voices the government doesn’t like, and will lead to a further escalation of violence against demonstrators, a leading protestor has suggested, while a lawyer has argued it will make criminal law redundant.

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Sec Ed: Is the Prevent duty in education fit for purpose?

The long-term presence of the Prevent duty in education in the UK has meant that there has been an increase of 16% for referrals of young people and children, year-on-year, but disturbing cases of students being persecuted for legitimate protest or making flippant remarks raise fears that deep prejudice has infected the government’s anti-terrorism strategy, writes Peter Radford.

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Report on exporting Prevent exposes UK complicity in CVE rights abuse in Indonesia

A new report by Rights and Security International entitled Exporting Prevent: The UK government’s complicity in rights-violating counter-extremism programmes in Indonesia is the first of very few studies uncovering CVE rights abuse arising from the cooperation between the UK and foreign governments on preventing and countering violent extremism (P/CVE) projects.