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Encyclopedia > Belmarsh Controversy

The Belmarsh Controversy refers to the imprisonment of terror suspects without trial at Belmarsh prison in the United Kingdom. Belmarsh has been called "a Guantanamo in our own back yard"[citation needed]. HM Prison Belmarsh is a high security prison in Thamesmead, Eastern London, England. ...


Prisoners are held in their cells for 22 hours a day and are unable to see intelligence evidence gathered against them[citation needed]. It has been confirmed that women and children related to the suspects are also being held there[citation needed]. In October 2004, a team of psychiatrists claimed that eight detainees held at Belmarsh were "suffering deteriorating mental health"[citation needed]. There are also reports of suicide attempts, self harm and Post traumatic stress disorder in suspects[citation needed]. Look up October in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... It has been designated the: International Year of Rice (by the United Nations) International Year to Commemorate the Struggle against Slavery and its Abolition (by UNESCO) 2004 World Health Day topic was Road Safety (by World Health Organization) Year of the Monkey (by the Chinese calendar) See the world in... Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), is a term for the psychological consequences of exposure to or confrontation with stressful experiences, which involve actual or threatened death, serious physical injury or a threat to physical integrity and which the person found highly traumatic. ...


Former Home Secretary David Blunkett said the situation was not ideal but nonetheless was 'necessary'[citation needed]. David Blunkett The Right Honourable David Blunkett (born June 6, 1947) is a British Labour Party politician and has been Member of Parliament for Sheffield Brightside since 1987. ...


The Law Lords ruled that the detention of suspects without trial was a clear breach of human rights. They concluded that the British government must charge the suspects or release them. As of 2005 the British government has not complied.


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HM Prison Belmarsh is a high security prison in the Thamesmead area of the London Borough of Greenwich in south-east London.
Between 2001 and 2004 the prison was used to detain a number of people indefinitely without trial under the provisions of the Part 4 of the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001.
The governess of Belmarsh Prison is Claudia Sturt.
Pinochet (Ugarte), Augusto - Hutchinson encyclopedia article about Pinochet (Ugarte), Augusto (737 words)
After his arrest in England, Pinochet appeared at Belmarsh magistrates' court, south London, in December 1998, and said that he did not recognize the jurisdiction of any court other than that of Chile.
The court ruling fuelled the continuing political and diplomatic controversy that had raged since the general had been arrested.
Baroness Thatcher led a succession of Conservatives in campaigning for the general to be freed, and made an impassioned speech at the 1999 annual party conference condemning the government.
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