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New UK anti-terror law blocked in Lords

[JURIST] The House of Lords, the upper chamber of the UK Parliament, Monday turned back by 249-119 a controversial anti-terror bill that would have permitted government ministers to issue so-called "control orders" limiting the movement or freedoms of certain terror suspects without charge or trial. Former Labour Party Lord Chancellor Lord Irvine [profile] is said to have been one of those voting against the Prevention of Terrorism Bill [PDF]. UK Home Secretary Charles Clarke had previously said that the bill, which passed the Commons last week, would be amended so that only judges could issue control orders mandating full house arrest, but that restriction did not apply to lesser orders that might involve tagging, curfews amd phone bans. The bill now returns to the Commons for further consideration, although what will happen there is unclear, as Prime Minister Tony Blair's government has already said that there will be no additional concessions on the bill. From London, the Guardian has more. The UK Home Office provides background information on the bill. UK human rights group Liberty prepared a critical briefing paper on the bill [PDF] in advance of today's Lords debate.

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