News

  • 23 June 2021

    Issam Bassalat has finally had the surgery he needs for his spinal problem. The operation appears to have been completely successful and has brought him great relief. But the circumstances surrounding the operation are very troubling.

  • 19 January 2021

    Letter to the Northern Ireland Executive and the Irish Government calling on ministers to take urgent steps to facilitate medical treatment for Dr Issam Hijjawi Bassalat, a Scottish Palestinian prisoner in Maghaberry Prison.

  • 22 December 2020

    A bail application by Dr Issam Bassalat has been rejected. Issam Bassalat is a Palestinian doctor from Edinburgh. He is in severe pain as a result of a spinal injury and would have sought treatment in Scotland if his application had been granted.

  • 30 November 2020

    "This inquiry must be prepared to go where no inquiry has gone before", says Aamer Anwar following the opening of the public inquiry into that death in police custody of Sheku Bayoh

  • 28 November 2020

    Sheku Bayoh’s family welcome the statement by Humza Yousaf on Lord Bracadale’s Public Inquiry into the death in police custody of Sheku Bayoh.

  • 24 November 2020

    Statement issued at the start of the Lockerbie appeal by appeal lawyer Aamer Anwar on behalf of his clients, the family of the late Al-Megrahi and some of the families of the British victims.

  • 10 November 2020

    A Palestinian man held on remand in Maghaberry Prison has been in severe pain for weeks and now needs crutches as a result of the prison's neglect of his medical needs. A friend has described his treatment as tantamount to "torture."

  • 27 October 2020

    SACC and other concerned groups and individuals have written to the Governor of Maghaberry Prison in Northern Ireland, urging him to arrange specialist medical attention for Dr Issam Hijawi Bassalat.

Background & Comment

  • by Richard Haley
    Tony Blair and Bill Clinton mark the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement

    An MI5 sting directed at the New IRA is raising some tricky questions. The big questions are “why now?” and “what about Lyra McKee?”  And “what has a Palestinian GP from Edinburgh got to do with all this?”

  • by David Hildebrand
    Calais jungle, 2016

    Migrants and refugees are faced with an array of challenges upon arrival in the UK, including legal barriers that prevent access to employment, housing and healthcare, and more generally, a lack of opportunities to interact with others.

  • Maghaberry prison, 19/11/2018

    Northern Ireland's Justice Minister, Naomi Long, responds to concerns over the treatment of Dr Issam Hijjawi Basalat in Maghaberry Prison.

  • Counter terrorism response level notice

    The new Counter-Terrorism and Sentencing Bill 2020 will not enhance public security.

  • by Richard Haley
    Badreddin Abadlla Adam

    Badreddin Abadlla Adam was shot dead by police after he attacked people with a knife. There may be circumstances in which firearms are the correct response to a knife, but they will be very rare. So what happened?

  • by SACC
    Police outside the Scottish Parliament, 2013

    An outine of lockdown law in Scotland and your rights.

  • by Richard Haley
    Sheku Bayoh

    On 21 March the Scottish Government announced the terms of reference for the public inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the death of Sheku Bayoh. It remains to be seen whether Sheku Bayoh’s family will finally obtain justice.

  • by Richard Haley
    Demo in support of Rojava, Paris

    Police forces around the UK have been categorising campaigners as "domestic extremists". Political policing has to stop. The starting point is to scrap the UK's terrorism laws and counter-extremism policies

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