15 April 2015The STUC Annual Congress for 2015 will be held on 20-22 April. Here's our view on some motions being debated at the Congress that are particularly important for our campaign.
15 April 2015Following new legislation that gives statutory force to the Government's Prevent programme, SACC re-affirms its longstanding view that people should not cooperate with Prevent, and that organisations and individuals should not accept funding linked to Prevent.
01 April 2015SACC is dismayed by the continued failure of the Scottish Government to create a clear statutory framework for Stop and Search in Scotland.
25 March 2015The statutory Prevent guidance, including the guidance for Scotland, laid before Parliament on 12 March was approved by the House of Commons on Tuesday 24 March
19 March 2015Candidates in the UK Election must commit to standing against racism and Islamophobia, including the institutional Islamophobia of Britain's anti-terrorism laws. And they must commit to standing up for civil liberties.
15 March 2015SACC is extremely concerned over the news that terrorism charges have been brought against an 18 year-old Kurdish woman, Silan Ozcelik. We fear a new wave of persecution against Kurdish people who attempt to act in solidarity with Kurdish communities in Syria and Turkey.
14 March 2015Guidance for public bodies on their duties under Prevent have been laid before Parliament. Once approved, this will give Prevent legal force for the first time. The effect may be noticed most strongly in Scotland.
13 March 2015The Kurdish community and supporters of the Kurdish struggle are incensed at the arrest and imprisonment of 18 year old Shilan (Silhan) Ozcelik, who is accused of wanting to join the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/ISIS).
Resisting World War 1
A new website is being launched to tell the story of the people and social movements that resisted World War 1
What's Wrong with the Terrorism Acts?
SACC campaigns for the repeal of the UK's Terrorism Act 2000 and all subsequent anti-terrorism legislation. These laws undermine fundamental human rights and criminalise whole communities.
The Terrorism Acts - why they are wrong
Write to the Detainees
There are many detainees in Britain held without charge or trial in a type of house arrest .
Please write to them
Candidates in the UK Election must commit to standing against racism and Islamophobia, including the institutional Islamophobia of Britain's anti-terrorism laws. And they must commit to standing up for civil liberties.
As immediate steps towards our goal of restoring civil liberties and repealing the terrorism laws:
- End the mass surveillance currently being carried out in Britain by GCHQ;
- Repeal the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015
- Pending the repeal of the CTSA 2015, amend the Prevent Duty Guidance for Scotland to protect the political freedoms of people in Scotland and remove blatantly Islamophobic elements of the Guidance;
- Defend the UK's Human Rights Act against attempts to repeal or undermine it, and uphold the binding authority of the European Court of Human Rights over the UK
Photo: Student Protests outside Parliament, 2010. ©Bob Bob
Background & Comment
by Paul O'HanlonToday is 'three twenty' - the 12th anniversary of the (illegal) attack on Iraq by the US with Britain in tow
by Richard HaleyCharlie Hebdo magazine promoted islamophobia. Journalists and others are now using the slogan "I am Charlie Hebdo." I was not Charlie Hebdo the day before its staff were murdered, and I am not Charlie Hebdo today. All those connected with the magazine have my sympathy for their human loss, but I cannot give my support or respect to their work.
by SACCThe Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill is being fast-tracked through Parliament. It creates draconian new police and government powers that are certain to be abused.
by Bruce KentBruce Kent says that the British Government's continuing determination to deport an Algerian man known as "Y", and the continuing restrictions imposed on "Y", go against every principle of justice.
The election of Jim Murphy as leader of Scottish Labour is the biggest threat to SACC's pro-rights, anti-racist, anti-war values to have arisen in our 11-plus years of campaigning. We need to fight back, and fight hard.
British Government urges Israel to do everything it can to avoid civilian casualties, but recognises "Israel's right to take proportionate action to defend itself."
The Scottish Government says it does not advocate a policy of boycotting Israel, but at the same time it calls for equal determination in the UK Government’s approach to the situation in Gaza as they have shown in regard to the atrocity involving Malaysian Airlines flight MH17.
The Scottish Government says it believes that engagement with those who represent both sides in the Palestine conflict is vitally important.