Massoud Shadjareh, the Chairman of the Islamic Human Rights Commission, said today that the Home Office’s latest figures on numbers of people stopped and searched under anti-terrorism legislation fail to give the full picture when it comes to Muslim concerns about the discriminatory use of the powers to target Muslims in particular.
Shadjareh, who sits on the National Police Authority’s Stop and Search Community Panel and the Association of Chief Police Officer’s Schedule 7 National Accountability Board, was speaking after the Home Office released figures of arrests, convictions and other outcomes under the anti-terror legislation for year ending May 2010 (see http://rds.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/stats-release.html).
These included data about the numbers of people stopped under stop and search provisions, which showed that over 101,000 people were stopped under Section 44 of the Terrorism Act without a single arrest for anything terrorism related, and over 85,000 people were stopped u...
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