HOME OFFICE MAY FACE INQUIRY OVER DIARIES OF DESPAIR

The Guardian reports a major breakthrough in the Diaries of Despair campaign. MPs from Parliament's Home Affairs Committee have written to the Home Office to demand answers about the Diaries of Despair scandal. Uncaged supporters have lobbied the Committee to great effect, asking the MPs to launch a full inquiry into damning evidence of biased and illegitimate conduct by the Home Office, leading to the horrific Imutran experiments at HLS.

The disturbing evidence has inspired the Committee to raise massive policy issues with the Home Office. For the first time in almost three years, an official body is embarking on a process that could see the Home Office's appalling conduct brought to account. The Committee's letter and questions are based heavily on a memorandum produced by Dan Lyons, director of Uncaged Campaigns and co-Defendant in the historic Imutran/Novartis proceedings. The memorandum sets out the main charges against the Home Office.

Dan Lyons comments:

"We have finally set a process in motion that could lead to historic changes in how decisions are made over whether to allow experiments on animals. The lies, collusion and contempt for the law that lead to terrible suffering in futile experiments may now be properly investigated.

"For three years we have fought for an independent inquiry into the damning Diaries of Despair evidence. Now we have won our legal battle and placed this important information into the public domain, we have created a unique window of opportunity for positive change."

The Home Office is expected to respond in the next few months, and the Committee will decide whether to initiate a full inquiry once it has considered the Home Office reply, in conjunction with other relevant evidence.

Action

  • 94 MPs have already signed EDM 1340, which calls for an independent inquiry into the Diaries of despair scandal. Please contact your MP to ask them to sign EDM 1340.

  • 20 September 2003 is Diaries of Despair Day of Action. Click here to find out how you can help make a historic impact in defence of the defenceless...

Uncaged Campaigns, 31 July 2003

 

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