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8 I LOCAL & NATIONAL NEWS Passion Islam I March 2010
Airport body scanners
“may be unlawful”, warning
The introduction of body scanners
at UK airports may be unlawful,
the UK Equality and Human Rights
Commission warned.
Scanners already in place at
Heathrow and Manchester Airports
may be breaking discrimination law as
well as breaching passengers’ rights
to privacy, the commission said.
It has now expressed its concerns in
a letter to Transport Secretary Lord
Adonis.
In the letter released here, the
commission said it recognised the
threat posed by terrorist activities
but that it had concerns “about the
apparent absence of safeguards
to ensure the body scanners are
operated in a lawful, fair and non-
discriminatory manner”.
It added that it also had “serious
doubts that the decision to roll this
of security policies. “State action like vulnerable groups or harm good
(body scanning) out in all UK airports
border checks, stop-and-search and community relations.
complies with the law”.
full body scanning are undertaken for “National security policies are
The commission’s chairman,
good reasons. intended to protect our lives and our
Trevor Phillips, said today: “The right But, without proper care, such freedoms, but it would be the ultimate
to life is the ultimate human right and policies can end up being applied in defeat if that protection destroyed our
we support the Government’s review ways which do discriminate against other liberties.”
Government moves to support
UK Islamic finance industry
Sisters
A heart-warming stage production
The Treasury has introduced bought by everyone. is looking at what it means to be a
measures in Parliament to support Exchequer Secretary to the
Muslim woman in Britian today.
Islamic finance and the issuance of Treasury Sarah McCarthy-Fry MP
Based on interviews with dozens
corporate sukuk within the UK. said: “The Government’s objectives
of women from across the country
The Financial Services and Markets on Islamic finance are to enhance
and around the Sheffield, Stephanie
Act 2000 Order 2010, will help to the UK’s competitiveness in financial
Street’s new play lifts the veil on a
provide a level playing field for services by maintaining the UK’s
corporate sukuk within the UK. position as a Western leader for
world of custom and tradition.
The Order provides clarity on the international Islamic finance; and to
Sisters exposes the human
regulatory treatment of corporate ensure that everybody, irrespective
stories at the heart of the Muslim
sukuk, reducing the legal costs for of their religious beliefs, has access
community, cutting through the
these types of investments and to competitively priced financial
stereotypes and bringing a chorus
removing unnecessary obstacles to products.” of voices to life on stage.
their issuance. “This measure is another important A poignant, surprising and
Sukuk are a broad class of financial step in the development of the Islamic
insightful journey into the lives of
instruments designed to replicate finance sector in the UK and will
Muslim women.
the economic function of bonds, but help to provide a level playing field
The production opens on 16
with a structure which complies with for Islamic financial products in this
March, with previews from 11 and
Islamic principles. Although there country. It is good news for the UK
runs until 27 March 2010 at the
is an obvious appeal to the Muslim economy and for our Islamic finance
community, sukuk can be issued and industry.”
Crucible in Sheffield.
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