Theresa May faces questions from MPs over why Britain granted asylum to one of the world’s most wanted al-Qa’ida terror suspects. Keith Vaz, chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, said he would be raising concerns with the Home Secretary over why Abu Anas al-Libi was given asylum ahead of his alleged involvement in the 1998 American embassy bombings in east Africa.
Al-Libi, who was captured by US special forces in Tripoli this weekend, reportedly arrived in Britain in the mid-1990s and lived in Manchester after being granted political asylum. Detectives are thought to have found an al-Qa’ida manual at al-Libi’s Manchester home which advised followers on how to execute terror plots.
Keith Vaz, chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, said the case would be raised with the Home Secretary when she appears before MPs. Stating: “This case raises serious questions about the motives behind asylum and national security decisions in the UK.
April 16 2013
Dutch security service AIVD has said in a briefing to MPs that it passed information on to foreign security services which helped foil an al-Qaeda attack. According to the briefing the information gathered at the end of last year led to the “arrest of three al-Qaeda terrorists who were sent to Europe to carry out the attack”. In a statement to parliament, Home Affairs Minister Ronald Plasterk gave no further details. “We have to protect our sources and cannot go public with our successes” a spokesman told the broadcaster.
The Home Affairs Committee of the British House of Commons released its
long awaited report on “The Roots of Violent Radicalisation” earlier
today. Based on nine months of hearings, site visits and numerous
written submissions, the report provides a comprehensive overview of
recent developments and trends.
It highlights, in particular, the increasing role of the internet, the
emergence of “lone wolf” terrorists, and the potential threat from
far-right extremists. It also assesses the UK government’s revised
29 June 2011
Dutch Home Affairs Minister Piet Hein Donner announced during the recent parliamentary debate over integration that the burqa is ‘against Dutch norms and manners’. Just as individuals are not permitted to walk around the streets naked, they should be prevented from wearing the burka. According to coverage in the Telegraaf, then, the proposed ban has less to do with public safety that with a “Dutch” value that “in our society you should be able to see each other”.
Religious schools in the Netherlands may not ban Muslim pupils from wearing headscarves on the basis that it contradicts their ‘core values’. Rather, the ban may only operate if it threatens the pupil’s education. This announcement from the Dutch cabinet responded to questions from the anti-Islam PVV, following controversy regarding a Muslim pupil at a Catholic school in Volendam. The student has subsequently agreed to cover her head only in the assembly hall and school corridors, Telegraaf reports. Education Minister and Home Affairs Minister also dismissed suggestions that wearing headscarves demonstrates gender inequality, stating “fashion dictates all sorts of differences between the way men and women dress”.
February 9 2011
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Home Affairs Minister Piet Hein Donner considered the implications of a burqa ban in his comments to MPs on Thursday. Donner noted his attempt to draft “legislation on face-covering which will apply to all Dutch nationals”. While this outlaws the burqa, the minister noted he still has “to decide how far to go” with motorbike helmets, carnival costumes, and balaclavas during skating races.
An opposition movement against the Dutch cabinet’s support for mosques has failed. The Home Affairs Ministry and Association of Netherlands Municipalities (VNG) assert that government subsidies for religious organizations are permissible on the basis that it fosters integration. The failed opposition bid was supported by the conservatives (VVD), Party for Freedom (PVV) and centre-left D66, as well as the Socialist Party who argued that the “government cannot be a little bit neutral”, and should “tackle segregation via training and work, not via subsidies to mosques”.
SNP Home Affairs spokesperson, Pete Wishart MP, has welcomed comments by the Director-General of the Office for Security and Counter Terrorism praising Scotland’s community cohesion and ability to prevent young people becoming radicalised and joining terror groups. In an interview, Charles Farr, said: “I think the nature of communities in Scotland is discernibly different from the nature of communities south of the border. You have an ability to reach in and develop a strategy of this kind.” Farr also added that an independent Scotland would not be any more vulnerable to terrorists, saying: “It is not something that has crossed my mind that there is something inherent about independence that would make Scotland unsafe.” Mr Wishart said: “The Director Generals comments are very welcome, and a tribute to our young people. “Scots Asians are part of the Scottish tartan, woven into the fabric of our society. Studies show that young Asians feel even more Scottish than their non-Asian counterparts – who also feel incredibly Scottish. “Those who commit terrorist acts do so on the basis of their own individual, warped view of the world, they do not represent any of Scotland’s great faith communities.http://themuslimweekly.com/newsdetails/fullstoryview.aspx?NewsID=98C81ACB48DCF47163A1B3D8&MENUID=HOMENEWS&DESCRIPTION=UK%20News
Thirty-three girls are missing from schools in the Bradford area with other pupils unaccounted for in 14 other local authority areas, the Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee has claimed. Labour MP Keith Vaz fears that these missing children have been forced into marriages. The areas in which the girls are said to be missing is alleged to have high rates of honour violence. Children’s Minister Kevin Brennan disclosed the figures to the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee, which is investigating the controversial issue of forced marriages. They have been investigating children under 16 from school enrolments. “It is a serious concern when any child – any single child – becomes unaccounted for,” said Mr Brennan. Rukshana Choudhury reports.http://themuslimweekly.com/newsdetails/fullstoryview.aspx?NewsID=4A39699A1B89A8DDC7AC591A&MENUID=HOMENEWS&DESCRIPTION=UK%20News
Brussels (dpa) – EU government ministers have agreed to appoint a new anti-terrorism coordinator tasked with improving cooperation with EU institutions and among member states in a concerted bid to thwart further terrorist attacks on the 27-member bloc, sources in Brussels said. The appointment, whose official announcement was said to be “imminent”, was set to end six months of disagreements over the exact scope and nature of the job. According to information obtained by Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa, the new coordinator will be Gilles de Kerchove d’Ousselghem, a high- ranking Belgian bureaucrat working for the EU’s Justice and Home Affairs directorate.