Hillsborough: The truth at last

Never has the value of transparency been any starker than this week, when the horrifying full facts of the Hillsborough disaster, in which 96 football fans lost their lives, were finally laid bare.

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Doing the shuffle

Ken Clarke may be a national treasure but so is Britain’s internationally-admired justice system. We hope that following today’s reshuffle he remains a staunch friend of the Human Rights Act and penal reform at the Cabinet table but also worry that his past positions on legal aid and secret courts leave a dangerous legacy for access to justice in our country.

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Four campaigns: Four actions

The dust has now settled after this month’s Queen’s Speech, which set out the Coalition Government’s legislative intentions for the next year – and brought with it a whole new host of challenges for fundamental rights and freedoms in the UK.

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Free Speech: A valuable reminder

The very day after we celebrated World Press Freedom Day, Article 10 of the Human Rights Act has once more hit the headlines – and again for all the right reasons.

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World Press Freedom Day

Today is World Press Freedom Day. Every year, on May 3, the fundamental principles of press freedom are recognised and celebrated. The state of press freedom across the globe is evaluated and people remember and pay tribute to journalists who’ve lost their lives doing the job they loved, like Marie Colvin who died covering the conflict in Syria earlier this year.

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Exit the Bill of Rights house...

Over the weekend, the news “broke” (perhaps “cracked” or “seeped” is a more appropriate metaphor?), that a certain Dr Michael Pinto-Duschinsky will no longer be part of the Government’s Bill of Rights’ Commission. There are conflicting reports as to whether the good doctor walked or was pushed and sadly, we may never know whether Professor Plum did it in the library with the lead piping.

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Leading by example?

The Convention and Court of Human Rights only exist because less than a century ago, much of Europe descended into tyranny and butchery. Britain's Winston Churchill sometimes stood alone but he knew the enduring value of defending fundamental rights and freedoms with the Rule of Law so as not constantly to have to defend them through war. The ECHR is his post-war legacy.

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Remembering the Holocaust

Today is Holocaust Memorial Day, when we remember those who died and suffered as a result of one the most notorious inhumanities in history. At Liberty we also remember the legacy of that atrocity; that the struggle against totalitarianism and genocide in Europe led to the international human rights framework that some of us treasure and others denigrate today.

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Five actions for the festive season

2011 will go down in history as the year pro-democracy rebellions erupted across the Middle East. The hunger for basic rights and freedoms across the world should remind us all of the ever present need to protect and defend rights at home.

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International Human Rights Day 2011

Saturday December 10th is International Human Rights Day, marking the 63rd anniversary of the creation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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