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My son, Joseph Corre, has established a charity called Humanade. His major concern – and the focus of the charity – is social justice and human rights. Read more..
Please join us for the launch of the limited edition JC de Castelbajac’s t-shirt for Humanade. Dedicated to the memory of Malcolm McLaren, who was always an alien in the world of rock and roll. All profits from the sale of the t-shirts will go to Humanade.
Reprieve is delighted by the announcement of an inquiry on torture allegations, but insists 1) it cannot restore the reputation of the British security services unless its findings are made public and 2) the inquiry must address the official policy under which the intelligence agents were working at the time.
Reprieve’s secret prisons investigator Tim Cooke Hurle said: “The previous Government’s addiction to secrecy has eroded public trust in politicians and in our security services. We welcome the Prime Minister’s announcement, but without openness, transparency, and frank disclosure this inquiry will be seen as a whitewash. We cannot learn from history unless we know what it is.”
Reprieve’s Executive Director Clare Algar said: “Reprieve is delighted by the announcement of a judge-led inquiry into allegations of torture complicity by our intelligence services. It is essential that this inquiry look at the official policy and rules under which British agents were operating. A new version of the rules has been published today, but the fact that the government refuses to publish the old rules suggests that they were embarrassing if not illegal. The inquiry must address this, in public, if we are to learn from our mistakes.”
Reprieve’s Executive Director Clive Stafford Smith said: “This inquiry is welcome but the devil is in the detail: the idea that this inquiry must be heard in private is misguided and wrong. For too long our politicians have confused national security with national embarrassment. This creeping secrecy is the scourge of any open democracy and must be stopped if we are to rebuild trust in our government and our reputation overseas. This inquiry is welcome but will only succeed if it is conducted with a genuine commitment to transparency and openness.”
Further to Reprieve’s comments welcoming the Prime Minister’s announcement, here are our concerns about the proposed inquiry into allegations of torture complicity:
Malcolm McLaren’s funeral will be held on Thursday 22nd April 2010.
In celebration of Malcolm’s life we are asking people to observe a MINUTE OF MAYHEM at midday on 22nd April. Put on your favourite records and let it RIP!
For members of the public who would like to pay their last respects to him, the funeral cortege will travel between 1.15pm and 2.15pm from Camden High Street, Chalk Farm Road, Ferdinand Street, Malden Road and Southampton Road en route to his final resting place.
The family hopes that their privacy will be respected in and around the cemetery on the day of this funeral.
If you wish to send a donation instead of flowers, please donate to humanade.
Article featured in New Statesman – 14 Feb 2008
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