Public Meeting To Stop The Terrorism Bill!
WHEN: This Tuesday 27 November
WHERE: Avondale Community Centre
99 Rosebank Rd
(Just down from Great North Rd Intersection by Library)
(This meeting has been organised by the Anti War Coalition, and support for this meeting was endorsed by the Water Pressure Group meeting of 21 November.)
This meeting will help you get a better understanding of this Bill, to help as many people as possible to make submissions against it, and look at what else can be done to prevent further attacks on our democratic rights by our 'democratically elected' representatives.
30 November is the deadline for written submissions on this Bill Oral submissions will be heard in January and February 2002 with areport back to the House at the beginning of March 2002.
In defence of 'democracy' against 'terrorism' this bill proposes new attacks on our democratic rights.
This Bill proposes:
1) To widen the definition of terrorism.
2) To conduct secret trials where you cannot prove your innocence.
3) To racially discriminate against migrant groups, and limit industrial action and political protest.
The Bill was first introduced in April this year. After September 11, the Security Council passed two resolutions UN 1368 and UN 1371 which call on member nations to 'criminalise the financing of terrorism' ie: freeze the financial assets of persons thought to be 'terrorists'.
Could reconnecting someone's water supply be defined as a 'terrorist act'?
The first of what is hoped will be a series of analysis on the Amendments to the Terrorism (Financing and Bombing) BIll is up on the Arena website at www.arena.org.nz. The analysis is to help you write submissions in opposition to the Amendments.
Details on the Bill and the submission process are available from ( http://www/clerk.parliament.govt.nz)