United Kingdom: Five years on: Time to end the control orders regime

United Kingdom: Five years on: Time to end the control orders regime

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Index Number: EUR 45/012/2010
Date Published: 12 August 2010
Categories: UK

The system of control orders created by the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005 has been used by the UK government as an alternative to prosecution or deportation of individuals suspected of involvement in terrorism-related activity, but who have not been charged with any criminal offence. The orders place severe restrictions on, and sometimes violate, individuals’ rights to liberty, freedom of movement, expression, association, and privacy. Amnesty International considers that the control order regime fails to meet the requirements of international human rights law.


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