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10 I LOCAL & NATIONAL NEWS Passion Islam I June 2009
British intelligence companies
means for infiltrating other states
Intelligence companies and institutions forgotten by the public and human companies accused of violating
operating in the West, including the rights activists. human rights have been subject to
UK and the US under the guise of Examples of such enterprises lesser punishment.
non-government organizations, are are BIPSC of Britain, established in British Foreign Office last month
tools for exerting influence on other February 2006, to conduct intelligence issued a proposed draft, supporting
countries, particularly those in the activity outside the UK. the companies following self-devised
Third World. Only intelligence companies active laws.
Illegal activities of western outside the UK can attain membership British government’s proposal
intelligence companies in other of the organization and all companies encountered strong opposition by
countries, especially after the should accept its charter and rules to pro-human rights groups, including
occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan, be its member. the International Committee of the
and the illegal actions of members of The priority for all the members will Red Cross.
these companies in the two states, thus be protecting British interests and One of the members of the
including killing and kidnapping, the minor importance will be human International Committee of the Red
torture, blackmailing local officials, rights and non-interference in internal Cross Simon Brooks strongly reacted
looting cultural and historical relics affairs of the host country. against the UK government’s move
and interfering in policy making, have A report presented by Amnesty regarding the security companies
been the focus of attention by civil International this month says British following the arbitrary laws.
and human rights organizations and companies outside the UK violate He said the key point is that all
media. human rights but are not punished intelligence companies should follow
Illegal actions of companies for the violation. The violations are so international human regulations and
such as US Blackwater in Iraq and gross that even British parliament has the Geneva Convention.
Afghanistan, with the backing of asked for investigation and scrutiny.
occupying forces, will never be Even in some cases, British
Mosques advisory board launched
A Mosques and Imams National of its membership in Birmingham,
Advisory Board (MINAB) has been central England, on Sunday. It comes
formally launched in UK following after public consultations for a draft
adoption of a constitution and election constitution and standards were
of an executive. started back in November 2007.
The Muslim Council of Britain MINAB was originally founded by
(MCB) here on Monday welcomed the four voluntary and independent Muslim
community-led, independent initiative organisations, including the Al-Khoei
to facilitate good governance in Foundation, the British Muslim Forum
mosques, both Shi’a and Sunni, and and the Muslim Association of Britain
provide practice advice to improve as well as the MCB, after agreeing to
the standards of services through commit themselves to work together
self-regulation. for the betterment of the Muslims in
“MINAB is a milestone for the Britain.
community as British mosques, of all “Learning from our own ethos of
Islamic traditions, will come together seeking the common good and being
to encourage and promote good inclusive, the MCB has endorsed
practice,” said MCB, the country’s MINAB to ensure that British mosques
largest umbrella Muslim organisation. of all shades can come together to
“Mosques should become a promote good practise and strive
“MINAB has set an exemplary
beacon for all of us, and we hope to offer better services not only to
standard in community development
MINAB will conduct pioneering work British Muslims, but also to the wider
and cooperation. It commits the
that will eventually illuminate this goal community at large,” Bari said.
membership to a structured program
for all of us,” MCB Secretary General Khurshid Drabu, the project
for addressing the practical needs of
Abdul Bari said. director and election commissioner
the Muslim communities. MINAB aims
The advisory board, which has of MINAB also described the launch
to be an enabler- not an enforcer.
so far been joined by nearly six as “an historic event not just for the
It will assist mosques to function as
hundred mosques and Imam training Muslim communities in the UK but for
community hubs and as centres of
institutes, was launched at a meeting the whole of the society.”
community cohesion,” Drabu said.
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