Duggan family have no confidence in IPCC investigation


The family of Mark Duggan, the man who was shot dead by police in August, have no confidence in the official investigation into his death.

The Tottenham man's death, which is said to have triggered the summer riots that blighted London and other cities in England, is being investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Father-of-four Duggan was a passenger in a minicab which was stopped in Tottenham by police as part of a planned operation. He died of a single gunshot wound to the chest.

Government set for forced marriage and domestic abuse consultations


Reports that the Government is planning to use the criminal law to protect victims of domestic violence and forced marriages will be a welcome one for campaigners.

According to reports at the weekend, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is set to launch a consultation to consider proposals as to how domestic violence should be defined for these purposes. The consultation on forced marriage, the Daily Telegraph reported, is to be under the control of the Home Office and is expected to focus of introducing a specific criminal offence.

Riot from Wrong documentary set for premiere


A documentary which looks at the underlying reasons behind the riots in August and the lessons that can be learnt from them is to be screened this week.

Riot From Wrong is an hour-long film made by Fully Focused production’s youth steering group. The project has been a four-month long project which included 45 hours of footage, 60 interviews with a variety of people across the country and more than 200 hours of editing.

Chad human rights lawyer awarded 'alternative' Nobel Prize


A leading African human rights lawyer has received the alternative Nobel Prize.

Jacqueline Moudeina from Chad was honoured by The Livelihood Award for her tireless work in the country including her drive to bring former dictator Hissene Habre to justice.

Moudeina was honoured alongside Huang Ming from China, Ina May Gaskin from the USA as well as the not-for-profit organisation GRAIN at the 2011 awards which honours and supports those "offering practical and exemplary answers to the most urgent challenges facing the world.

Could Judan Ali become the Premier League's first British Asian manager?


Racism in football has been the hot topic of the moment, with plenty of stories and incidents which indicate that discrimination in the sport, just as in society has not been fully eradicated.

Those who have felt the full force of racist abuse bear the physical and mental scars which cannot be eradicated. Black players in the 1980s were pelted with bananas and regularly faced abuse, even from their own fans. But what of the Asian experience? There has always been a concern about the lack of numbers in the professional ranks.

More EDL members sentenced to prison


It has been a bad week for the English Defence League as members from the far-right group were given jail sentences.

In a week where members of the EDL and British National Party have hijacked the case of a woman accused of hurling racist abuse at tram passenger, the court appearances and sentencing of members of both far-right groups continues to show the nasty elements which exist in both groups.

End collection of innocent mental health service users DNA


Campaigners are continuing their call for those taken into police custody under the Mental Health Act not to have their DNA taken.

Black Mental Health UK (BMH UK) along with Big Brother Watch (BBW) and Gene Watch UK have written to Lord Henley calling to ensure that people taken into custody under Section 136 of the Mental Health Act do not have their DNA taken, in the same way as suspected criminals.

'Unvalued people won't accept values of society'


The Asian News marked the 10th anniversary of the Oldham riots earlier this year with a series of insightful articles around the disturbances. Happening before 9/11, those disturbances were to transform the way Britain viewed its Muslim communities, and also the way many Muslims viewed themselves.

Stephen Boyer on Multiculturalism


As part of our ‘Multiculturalism fights back’ season we were pleased to be invited to hear the views of the US Government on the subject. In an illuminating speech at the John Adams Society Fall Lecture,  Stephen Boyer, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs at the US State Department, spoke about what multiculturalism means to him, his Government and why its is important both home and abroad.

I hope we see more of Boyer here in the UK speaking to our communities and our politicians.

Simon Woolley

Show ‘Emma the racist’ compassion.


At times the letter of the law can be a blunt instrument particularly when you are trying to win over hearts and minds. The furore over Emma West’s racist rant at Black people and Polish people is in danger of dividing society on racial grounds, not bringing them together.

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