The Committee's inquiry
1. We decided to inquire into terrorism and community
relations, taking evidence on the impact the threat of terrorism
is having on community relations and social cohesion, including
public concerns about the terrorist threat, the impact on relations
between different sections of the community, any rise in and exploitation
of racial tension, and the consequences of anti-terrorist measures.
Particular topics we considered included:
- the stigmatisation of
minority groups publicly 'associated' with terrorism;
- the incidence of anti-Semitism, Islamophobia
and other forms of prejudice;
- media coverage of these issues; and
- civil liberties/policing issues.
2. In the course of our inquiry we took oral evidence
on seven occasions and received 55 memoranda. A list of those
who gave oral evidence is annexed. We also visited France and
3. We would like to thank the two Specialist Advisers
appointed to assist the inquiry: Professor Humayun Ansari of Royal
Holloway, University of London, and Professor Conor Gearty of
the London School of Economics.