Warsaw, Poland – CAGE is escalating its campaign against Schedule 7, taking its demands that authorities release the data on religion of individuals stopped to a platform at Europe’s largest human rights conference today.
CAGE’s statement will be livestreamed during the conference, which is organised by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), and is taking place in Warsaw, Poland, until 27 September.
This step follows the publication of the first-of-its-kind report into the use of Schedule 7 powers at UK borders by CAGE, which was covered in the Guardian. Case studies in the report evidence how the powers are a form of structural Islamophobia.
Over 27k people have signed a petition demanding the Home Office is investigated by the APPG on Islamophobia, over how this power disproportionately impacts Muslims.
CAGE continues to call for the release of data pertaining to the religion of people who have been stopped, the numbers of which have so far been suppressed – and further from that, a total repeal of Schedule 7 powers.
CAGE International Director Muhammad Rabbani will be delivering a speech today to the conference, where he will say:
“Schedule 7 is a discriminatory and Islamophobic law, which allows police officers to stop and search individuals based on their race and religion, so long as that’s not the sole reason for the stop. In a landmark ruling earlier this year the European Court of Human Rights ruled that Schedule 7 powers violated human rights and were “susceptible to arbitrary exercise”. ”
“CAGE published, for the first time, a comprehensive analysis of Schedule 7. It is an emergency power that should never have been normalised into law. Now, immediate steps need to be taken to remove the secrecy surrounding data on Schedule 7.”
(NOTE: CAGE represents cases of individuals based on the remit of our work. Supporting a case does not mean we agree with the views or actions of the individual. Content published on CAGE may not reflect the official position of our organisation.)