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United Kingdom: Enforcement of Female Circumcision Laws

(July 2, 2008) The British police are reportedly increasing checks on flights leaving for nations that are known to continue the practice of female circumcision. This practice was made unlawful in the United Kingdom in 1985, through the Prohibition of Female Circumcision Act. There were no prosecutions under this Act, and in response to concerns […]

United Kingdom: Points-Based Immigration System Declared Unlawful

(June 2, 2008) The recently introduced points-based immigration system in the UK, under which migrants are awarded points for meeting various criteria to obtain entry into the UK, has been introduced unlawfully, according to British courts. The new regime unlawfully prejudiced migrants already in the country under the old system by increasing the requirements to […]

United Kingdom: Terrorism Laws Continue to Be Implemented

(May 2, 2008) The terrorism laws of the United Kingdom are continuing to be implemented in the courts, with individuals prosecuted frequently being jailed under these provisions. Most recently, a male, British-born Muslim convert has been jailed for four and a half years for terrorism-related offenses that occurred during an inflammatory speech in a London […]

United Kingdom: Terrorist Freezing Orders Declared Unlawful

(May 2, 2008) Orders made to implement United Nations Security Council regulations designed to prevent the financing of terrorism by freezing terrorist assets have been quashed by the High Court of the United Kingdom. The Terrorism (United Nations Measures) Order 2006 and the al-Qaeda and Taliban (United Nations Measures) Order 2006, both made under the […]

United Kingdom: Immigration Rules Unlawful

(Apr. 2, 2008) What was described as one of the biggest overhauls of the United Kingdom's immigration laws has been declared unlawful by the High Court. The new immigration rules provided for a tougher entry system based upon points for skilled migrants. Under the new laws, individuals who had entered the UK under the old […]

United Kingdom: Bill to Extend Pre-Charge Detention of Terrorists Challenged

(Apr. 2, 2008) A counter-terrorism bill that would extend from 28 days to 42 the period that suspected terrorists can be detained without charge is currently before the Parliament of the United Kingdom. The government's recently established Equality and Human Rights Commission has indicated that it will launch a legal challenge to the provisions of […]

United Kingdom: New Migrant Entry Tax for Public Services

(Mar. 2, 2008) The public services in the United Kingdom have faced a strain in light of increasing numbers of migrants utilizing them. The government has recently announced a new "immigration tax" that will be levied on immigrants entering the country for six months or more. The charge will be incorporated into visa fees, with […]

United Kingdom: Extradition Order to U.S. Signed for Muslim Cleric

(Mar. 2, 2008) The Home Secretary of the United Kingdom has signed an extradition order to the United States for controversial Muslim Cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri, where he is expected to face terrorism- related charges. Hamza al-Masri is currently in prison in the UK serving a seven-year term for inciting murder and preaching racial hatred. […]