Friday, August 21, 2009

Email to leading human rights lawyers

Because of all the difficulties we are having (see, for example, previous blog “The Department for Work and Pensions denies me a Crisis Loan”), Declan has composed an email to send to leading human rights lawyers here in London. This morning it went to Shami Chakrabarti, the director of Liberty, one of the UK's leading civil liberties and human rights organisations. Chakrabarti has been described by the Telegraph as “one of the most effective opponents of what she sees as an increasingly authoritarian and invasive state”.

Chaired by David Dimbleby, Question Time is the BBC’s flagship political programme. In this 2008 Question Time clip, Dimbleby’s panel, including Chakrabarti, discuss Sharia Law in the UK. Is Archbishop Rowan Williams right to say that the introduction of Sharia Law in the UK is unavoidable and would aid social cohesion?

Subject: Your advice

Dear Ms. Chakrabarti,

I am writing to you as a leading lawyer in the area of civil liberties and human rights. The following is from a letter of mine on Monday to Broadway Homelessness and Support and published in my wife's blog that afternoon titled "Declan barred from the Dellow Centre":

... [T]his morning I was denied access to food in the Dellow Centre because, according to Mr. Keith Armitage, Reception and Support Services Manager, they have been informed by Broadway Homelessness and Support that I "have a flat with access to a kitchen". (I am seeking written clarification from the Dellow Centre of the situation with regard to my wife, whose benefits have been suspended, before lodging a formal complaint against the Sisters of Mercy with the Archbishop of Westminster on the grounds of unlawful discrimination and seeking legal representation to pursue my claim.)

My wife Lola has a well-documented case of violations of our most basic rights at many levels in this blog, and I am looking for someone who will represent me pro bono. I appreciate that due to other commitments you may not be able to take on my case, but I am trying to reach out to someone near at hand who has the standing to reach out on my behalf.

What may make our situation of more than ordinary significance is that we believe our difficulties in respect of benefits to which we are entitled is motivated by the desire to suppress or otherwise undermine our exercise of freedom of speech by means of the website we maintain at If you visit the site, you will see that we address many controversial issues, from the abuses inflicted by religious entities to 7/7, 9/11 and the war on terror.

The man who funds our website, Dr. James H. Fetzer, has suggested that the political ramifications of our abuse may be a significant consideration in assessing our situation. He has authorised us to mention his academic website at and has stated that, in his belief, the treatment to which we are being subjected is quite probably political. He would be glad to discuss this in correspondence via

Under these conditions, we would be especially appreciative if you might be able to offer us your advice. We believe that the least indication of interest in our situation by a lawyer or someone with legal standing may be enough to straighten this out forthwith. We are being denied our most basic rights and stand in desperate need of counsel. Is there any chance you might be able to assist us in any way?

Yours sincerely,

Declan Heavey


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