British lawmakers condemn compulsory three-month terrorism detention


Members of the British parliament have used a debate on combating terrorism to denounce Prime Minister Theresa May’s proposal to create a mandatory three-month detention limit for terrorism suspects. More than 350 people were arrested in Britain in the 12 months between May 2016 and 2017 for activities related to terrorism, and May proposed the limit as a means of lengthening terrorism investigations. Debate in the British parliament had been temporarily canceled Wednesday night, but resumed Thursday morning.

The radical left wing Labour Party voted against the measure, insisting the measure did not protect British security, while a majority of Conservative MPs voted in favor.

Law enforcement agencies across Europe have been beset by increasing numbers of terrorist incidents in recent years, including several mass attacks. Authorities in France, Belgium, Sweden, and Germany are planning to require the evaluation of personal devices as potential weapons and to monitor the use of encrypted messaging applications.

The controversial measures have gained support from European leaders, including French President Emmanuel Macron, who announced his government’s intention to adopt the measure last week. Macron said he would put his country’s legislation to the French parliament this week.

Read the full story at The Guardian.


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