Britain boosts effort to keep out extremists
So-called "preachers of hate" will be required to prove their innocence before entering the country.
The British Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has announced new rules aimed at preventing extremists from entering Britain. Under the new rules, the burden of proof will lie with those accused of extremism and hate speech, rather than the government. Ms. Smith's announcement coincides with reports that Britain's efforts to establish a centralized database of phone calls and Internet traffic has led to the frequent misuse of the personal information of Britons.Skip to next paragraph
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On Tuesday, Smith announced tougher legal measures to prevent extremists from entering the UK, reports The Independent. New rules, which will not require new legislation, place the burden of proof on the accused.
The Home Secretary said extremists will have to prove their innocence under new rules which are aimed at tackling radical Islamists, neo-Nazis and violent animal rights activists.
Currently the burden of proof rests with the Government, which has banned 230 individuals since 2005....
Ms. Smith said: "Through these tough new measures I will stop those who want to spread extremism, hatred and violent messages in our communities from coming to our country.
"Coming to the UK is a privilege and I refuse to extend that privilege to individuals who abuse our standards and values to undermine our way of life."
Those accused of inciting hate may have to champion democracy as a condition for remaining in the UK, reports Dawn, a Pakistani daily.
So-called 'foreign-born extremists' will be the main target of the new policy and rules will be introduced to make them retract controversial statements, and refute specific allegations made against them....
Those accused of advocating illegal action may also have to make a public statement of their support for democracy if they want to stay in Britain.
For the first time, the Home Office will also publish a list of alleged extremists prohibited from entering Britain, reports the Associated Press (AP). The British authorities describe the list as an attempt to 'name and shame' extremists. Prior to this, no way of knowing the names of those excluded from Britain has existed. Since 2005, 230 people have been barred from entering the Britain.
Britain will publicly list and ban entry of more than 200 people whose extremist views and "violent messages" are a threat to national security, the home secretary said Tuesday.
The plan announced by [Smith] would group together Muslim extremists, animal rights protesters, anti-abortion activists, neo-Nazis and others she said "encourage or spread extremism and hatred through preaching violent messages." The list would include only people from abroad.
Smith said publishing the names – roughly 230 – amounts to a toughening of existing exclusion orders that already list and ban certain groups from Britain. Authorities expect to publish the list on the Home Office Web site in the coming months.
The list includes Lebanon-based cleric Omar Bakri, US-based Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, a Qatar-based cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi, and Moshe Feiglin, a member of Israel's Likud Party, reports the BBC.