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Tories' new extremism law targets Muslims

Issue No. 2454

The odious Tory justice secretary Michael Gove is in charge of replacing the Human Rights Act with a “British Rights Act”. 

The bill will limit the use of human rights laws to the “most serious cases”.

The Tories claim it will stop “illegal” migrants and those deemed a national security risk from relying on “questionable human rights claims”. 

Meanwhile David Cameron is set to introduce a series of tough new laws redefining what it means to be an extremist in Britain.

According to Cameron, “For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society. It’s often meant we have stood neutral between different values. 

“And that’s helped foster a narrative of extremism. This government will conclusively turn the page.”

Anyone expressing an ideology the government deems “extreme” will be required to apply for permission to print or post to social media.

Measures include banning orders for organisations whose activities fall short of proscription and powers to close premises where extremists seek to influence others. 

Cameron will also fast-track powers allowing police to vet the online conversations of those they consider extremists.

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Tue 19 May 2015, 16:20 BST
Issue No. 2454
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