British Asians ‘targeted by terror laws’

British police are up to 42 times more likely to use counter-terrorism powers.


Afp May 25, 2011

LONDON:


British police are up to 42 times more likely to use counter-terrorism powers to stop and search people of Asian origin than white people, a report said on Tuesday.


Police are using a power, granted under the Terrorism Act 2000, which allows them to stop people at ports and airports for up to nine hours without the need for reasonable suspicion of involvement in a crime.

More than 85,000 such stops were carried out in 2009 and 2010, according to figures obtained by the Federation of Student Islamic Societies.

An analysis by The Guardian newspaper found that people of Asian origin – normally people from South Asian countries such as India and Pakistan – were up to 42 times more likely than white people to be stopped.

Asked by lawmakers on Tuesday whether people of Asian origin in Britain felt they were being singled out, senior police officer Nick Gargan said there was “no shortage of evidence” to back up the claim.

“There is the perception that that’s precisely how communities feel,” he said.

A total of 2,201 of the stop and searches lasted more than an hour and fewer than one in 100 resulted in an arrest being made, according to the figures.

People of Asian origin made up 41 per cent of these stops, white people 19 per cent, black people 10 per cent and others 30 per cent.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 25th, 2011.

COMMENTS (9)

Fed Up Karachiwallah | 10 years ago | Reply @Sana: Please don't say that so loud. It embarasses us here in Pakistan. Besides for a Pakistani to marry an Indian ( even if the spouse is a Muslim ), is the next worst sin to kufr. You should have married a Bangali from East Pakistan.
CP | 10 years ago | Reply Pakistanis should be man( or woman) enough to say they are Pakistanis and not Indians when they are abroad. We Indians are suffering just because some Pakistanis look like Indians.
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