UK: Amnesty condemns Clarke's anti-terror bill as 'internment at home'
Amnesty International UK Director Kate Allen said:
â€œCharles Clarke today proposed an extension of his powers that would frankly have been beyond belief had it not been for the draconian measures that preceded it.
â€œTodayâ€™s details cannot disguise the essence of the new Bill: the Home Secretary has reserved the power to place anyone in the UK under house arrest without charge or trial, based on secret evidence.
â€œThis is nothing short of internment at home.
â€œIf someone is suspected of doing something wrong, they should be charged and given a fair trial. Locking them in their homes is not the alternative.â€
Amnesty International also called for all those currently being held under the Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act to either be charged with a recognisably criminal offence and given a fair trial, or released.