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Burqa ban 'wrong', 'concerning'
Mon, 03 May 2010 06:38:46 GMT
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UK government's independent reviewer of terrorism legislation Lord Alex Carlile
The UK government's independent reviewer of terrorism legislation has voiced his concern about the burqa ban in some European countries.

Lord Alex Carlile told Press TV in an interview that the burqa ban in France as well as calls to ban it in Britain is concerning.

"I am concerned about some of the proposals being made. For example I think that banning the burqa in Britain would be quite wrong. There are many women in many towns and cities that wear burqa," Carlilie said.

"What I do think is important is that people of all creeds, all religions, and non-secular people too should be able to operate in an atmosphere of tolerance with a balanced, not absolutist, human rights legal framework," he added.

Carlile also noted that the "terrorism havoc" following the September 11 attacks in the US lead to reactive legislation in the UK.

"Some of the legislation was introduced in a hurry and I have a very strong view that emergency legislation introduced in the past through the parliament in a hurry often turns out to be not very good," the UK reviewer of terrorism law stated.

He said that his efforts may have been the main reason behind the reduction in the number of the stop and search cases in the UK streets.

"The number has been reduced dramatically possibly as a result of my intervention," Carlile said.

"The stop and search has particular community impact and I have been concerned that not only about the exercise of the police powers and where they fall or not fall in the civil liberties agenda, but I am being concerned too about the fact that perhaps a disproportionate number of Muslims have been stopped and searched which should not occur," the independent legislation reviewer concluded.

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