On the eve of the 2011 Oscars, stars lined up to condemn the unsafe and unfair control order scheme, repackaged as Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures by the Coalition Government in Britain.

Annie Lennox has added her voice to Liberty’s campaign against Government proposals to continue the unsafe and unfair control order regime. She joins Emma Thompson, Honor Blackman, Simon Callow, Riz Ahmed, Vivienne Westwood and Rory Bremner plus the 3,000 members of the public who have already signed Liberty’s 2010 control order petition in protest at the worst legislative legacy of the war on terror.

Liberty is also known as the National Council for Civil Liberties. Founded in 1934, it is a cross party, non-party membership organisation at the heart of the movement for fundamental rights and freedoms in England and Wales. Liberty promotes the values of individual human dignity, equal treatment and fairness as the foundations of a democratic society.

“Do you know what a Control order is?” asks Annie Lennox. "Control orders allow indefinite punishment without trial for people suspected of terrorism. Under a control order you might never know the accusation against you or ever have the chance to clear your name.

“Liberty believes that this policy is both unsafe and unfair – unsafe because control orders allow potentially dangerous people to live at home with limited supervision (some of these suspects have disappeared whilst under an order) and unfair because control orders place unending restrictions on liberty and a raft of dehumanizing sanctions on people who may have no convictions and who can never clear their name. Anyone subject to a control order is living under constant and indefinite suspicion – not just from the authorities, but from their communities, friends and all who know them. Control orders by-pass criminal justice and the safeguards that guarantee fair trial.It makes you think…doesn’t it?…”

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