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6 I LOCAL & NATIONAL NEWS Passion Islam I June 2009
MPs renew call for review
of UK-US Extradition Treaty
The Liberal Democrats have launched requirement when seeking extradition
a renewed campaign in British from the US,” Huhne said.
parliament calling for a review of the The motion calls on Prime
UK’s controversial extradition treaty Minister Gordon Brown’s government
with the US. ‘to renegotiate the Extradition
“The Extradition Treaty was agreed Treaty immediately to reinstate
without any recourse to parliament,” the requirement for prima facie
said the Lib Dem’s shadow home evidence’.
secretary, Chris Huhne in raising It also urges the government ‘to
an Early Day Motion in the House reform the Royal Prerogative (that
of Commons, supported by several can be used by the prime minister)
MPs. so that international agreements can
“The United States is not required no longer be entered into without
to provide prima facie evidence when meaningful reference to Parliament’.
requesting extradition from the UK, The Extradition Treaty, which came nature caused by the absence of
although the United Kingdom is still into force in 2004, has been frequently any reciprocal arrangement placed
required to provide evidence to satisfy criticized by many MPs and peers on the US and has resulted in many
the US constitution’s probable cause in parliament due to its unbalanced controversial cases.
Tackling high unemployment
within the Muslim Community
A Bradford-based charity is planning to community leaders have for these day) and 45 schools across the
expand a pioneering education project issues.” Bradford district, led by QED-UK, have
to meet the needs of unemployed He said training courses would been working together for the past
Muslims in the city. include English language skills, how to two years to improve the educational
The QED Madrassa project, has prepare a CV and fill out an application achievement levels of Muslim
seen 3,000 pupils benefiting from a form and improving interview skills. children. In that time more than 3,000
drive to improve education standards Mr Ali added: “QED and Madrassa pupils have benefited, with better
in the Muslim community. are leading the way in showing communication between mainstream
Based on this successful partnership how deep-rooted obstacles can be schools and Madrassa teachers,
in education, Madrassas in Bradford thanks to the QED Madrassa project
have now agreed to work with QED funded by the Department of School,
to address high unemployment levels Children and Families.
among Muslim communities. It hopes Mohammed Afsar of Madni Masjid
to provide basic skills training for said: “As a result of the QED initiative
600 adults from all areas of the local we have much better links with
Muslim community - male and female, schools and now feel comfortable
from 16 years old to 60. just picking up the phone and talking
Mohamed Ali OBE, founder and to teachers.
chief executive of QED, said: “There “Teachers have recently requested
is an unacceptable difference in the two weeks study leave from Madrassa
employment rate between Muslim studies so children can prepare for
communities and other communities. their SATs. We were pleased to agree
This could get worse in the current tackled with the support of grass root to this. This would not have happened
economic climate and must be communities and we will be looking at in the past.”
addressed if we want to have cohesive new ways to address other barriers QED has set up similar education
and harmonious communities. to Muslim communities’ educational, partnerships with 45 Madrassas and
“Madrassas are keen to play a social, health and economic 135 schools in Oldham, Manchester
role in addressing worklessness in wellbeing.” and Leicester.
our communities. This will be good Fifteen Madrassas (supplementary For more information go to www.
for our society and shows the concern schools held at the end of the school qed-uk.org.
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