SACC campaigns against Britain's terrorism laws, against torture and detention without trial, against laws that criminalise political and community activity, against the so-called war on terror. SACC stands up for human rights and civil liberties.


  • 24 June 2016
    The Leave vote was above all a rebellion against elitist politics, neo-liberal economic policies and the austerity. It's time for Leave votes to leave behind the reactionary froth peddled by the Leave campaign.
  • 19 June 2016
    The death of Jo Cox MP was an appalling personal tragedy and our deepest sympathies go out to her family and friends. It is also a political matter.
  • 17 June 2016
    SACC does not support calls for the murder of Jo Cox to be treated as terrorism. We campaign for the terrorism laws to be repealed and for crimes of violence to be prosecuted under the ordinary criminal law. We also campaign for the widest possible political forces to work together in the fight against fascism.
  • 16 June 2016
    SACC statement in solidarity with everyone affected by the mass murder at Pulse nightclub in Orlando. We will resist any attempt to exploit this tragedy to promote violence, repression, surveillance and war
  • 01 June 2016
    Scottish universities implementing Prevent are complicit in a policy that is widely thought to be damaging to democratic society, that may increase the risk of terrorism, and that may violate or stand on the brink of violating fundamental human rights. They must take a stand against Prevent.
  • 31 May 2016
    The Queen's Speech( 18 May), promises a new attempt by the government to introduce legislation to tackle "extremism". A similar statement was included in the Queen's Speech in 2015, but draft legislation never appeared.
  • 03 May 2016
    SACC condemns the continuing airstrikes on Aleppo by Syrian Government and/or Russian forces. The airstrikes are producing a humanitarian catastrophe. They shame all the governments represented in the International Syria Support Group and the UN Security Council.
  • 28 April 2016
    Following the sit-in by Students Not Suspects Edinburgh University on 25 April, the students sent a message to senior staff at the university. Read it here

Resisting World War 1

A new website is being launched to tell the story of the people and social movements that resisted World War 1

What's Wrong with the Terrorism Acts?

SACC campaigns for the repeal of the UK's Terrorism Act 2000 and all subsequent anti-terrorism legislation. These laws undermine fundamental human rights and criminalise whole communities.
The Terrorism Acts - why they are wrong

Write to the Detainees

There are many detainees in Britain held without charge or trial in a type of house arrest .
Please write to them

Background & Comment

  • SACC banned
    Following the fantastic Challenging Prevent conference in London on 4 June, SACC has agreed its action plan to stop Prevent in Scotland.
  • by Richard Haley
    Take Onwership workshop, Falkirk, December 2016
    Amina Muslim Women's Resource Centre (Amina MWRC) was given a £15000 grant for "tackling radicalism" in the year ending 31 March 2015, according to accounts filed at Company House. The grant was most likely used to fund Amina's "Take Ownership" workshops, targeting young Muslims
  • Nahella Ahraf speaking in Edinburgh, 30 April 2016
    Public meeting on prevent, 30 April 2016, Edinburgh. If you missed it, you can watch it here. With Zareen Taj, Pete Cannell, Nahella Ashraf, Richard Haley
  • by Richard Haley
    Prevent is a racist policy
    Letter from SACC Chair, Richard Haley, to Professor Sir Timothy O'Shea, Principal of Edinburgh University, on the implementattion of Prevent at Edinburgh University
  • Students not Suspects
    Open letter calling on the government to take urgent action to repeal the legislation imposing "Prevent" on public bodies, and for all those working in affected sectors to make clear their opposition to it
  • Glasgow City Chambers
    "I'm tired of hearing that opposition to UK foreign policy by Muslims is a pathway to terrorism. It's a pathway to peace and justice". Speech by Richard Haley at the seminar on "countering extremism" held by the Muslim Council of Scotland in Glasgow City Chambers on 2 March 2016
  • Glasgow City Chambers
    Response from SACC to questions raised at the Muslim Council of Scotland seminar on countering extremism. The Muslim community and its institutions have shown great resilience and common-sense under the pressures that have developed since 9/11. We hope that the community will maintain and develop this course. And we hope it will refuse to cooperate with the Prevent strategy
  • Victoria Quay, Edinburgh
    Response to a freedom of information request covering the first 18 months of operation of the Scottish Preventing Violent Extremism Unit (SPVEU). The SPVEU runs the Prevent strategy in Scotland