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Muslim veil ‘allowed in courts’

BBC, Tuesday, 24 April 2007

Muslim women will be allowed to wear a veil in court under new guidelines issued following a dispute last year.

The Judicial Studies Board’s Equal Treatment Advisory Committee examined whether women should be allowed to wear the full facial covering, the niqab.

Decisions should be made on each case and veils should not interfere with the administration of justice, it found.

It follows the adjournment of a case in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs, after a legal advisor refused to remove her veil.

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Flight of middle class Muslims

BBC, Tuesday, 24 April 2007

Many Muslims, fed up with what they see as Islamophobia, are upping sticks and heading for the Middle East.

At Nuzhat al-Sibassi’s family home in south London, the contents are being packed away in boxes, ready to be shipped to the United Arab Emirates.

Mrs al-Sibassi was born in Britain to Pakistani parents, raised and educated here. She’s worked as a senior hospital manager in the NHS, but is now moving with her family to the United Arab Emirates.

“You feel you are having to constantly prove that you’re not what other people think you are – you always have to be on your guard” -Nuzhat al-Sibassi

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Speech by Ruth Kelly MP at the Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre

London, 5th April 2007.

Introduction

Britain is a country that draws strength from its diversity.

For centuries a tradition of tolerance and religious freedom has drawn people of all races and faiths, and from all over the world, to make their home here.

They have come seeking the opportunity to build a better life for themselves and their family.

Their contribution has enriched this country in every way.

Some of them, their children and grandchildren are leaders in our cultural and public life.

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Radical clerics to receive ‘extremism ASBOs’

The Telegraph, Thursday, April 5, 2007

An action plan for forging a new coalition against violent extremism will be unveiled by Ruth Kelly, the Communities Secretary today.

The proposals include strengthening governance in mosques and extending citizenship education in Islamic schools.

Meanwhile, it emerged that religious extremists could be given Anti-Social Behaviour Orders under new guidance to tackle “radicalisers”.
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