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SSP stands up for civil liberties

Scottish Socialist Party stands up for civil liberties

At the weekend, the annual conference of the Scottish Socialist Party passed a resolution opposing the Terrorism Bill currently going through Parliament and calling on party members to support Scotland Against Criminalising Communities. The resolution also condemns racism and discrimination and urges members to work with the Muslim Association of Britain and the Stop The War Coalition. It was carried almost unanimously.

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Opposing anti-Muslim racism - passed by the SSP Annual Conference, 5 March 2006

Conference notes:

  1. Human rights organization Liberty have condemned the impact of the government’s anti-terror legislation and policing of Muslim communities as "effectively criminalizing a community"
  2. The European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia has recorded since September 11th "an increase in assaults on Muslims, vandalism of mosques and 'Islamophobic' messages being transmitted by email, internet and telephone."
  3. There has been a significant rise in attacks on Muslims in Scotland and in the UK as a whole since the London bombings.
  4. A number of successful peace vigils held inScotland in the wake of the London bombings bringing together Muslims and non-Muslims in a show of unity and peace.

Conference believes:

  1. That the governments proposed new antiterror bill is an attack on all our civil liberties and will also increase racism against Muslims
  2. That socialists should fight all forms of racism and discrimination

Conference resolves:

  1. To continue to work with others groups such as Scotland Against Criminalising Communities, the Stop the War Coalition and the Muslim Association of Britain campaign to defend and extend civil liberties.
  2. To encourage branches and regions to make links with Muslim groups, individuals and student societies with a view to joint campaigns over issues of common interest and offering solidarity against racism.