Article 12: Right to marry

While it might not be as immediately obvious as the right to life or the right to a fair trial, for instance, the right to marry is a hugely important freedom and one protected by Article 12 of the Human Rights Act.

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The challenges may have doubled this Christmas - but so can your support for Human Rights

Season’s Greetings! If you are considering supporting Liberty’s work this festive season, now is your chance to make your donation stretch twice as far, at no extra cost to you.

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Support from all quarters for HRA at Liberty awards

Last night leading figures from the worlds of law, media, civil society, politics and the arts came together at London’s Southbank Centre for Liberty’s annual Human Rights Awards. It proved to be a truly humbling and uplifting evening. Inspiring human rights heroes from all walks of life were honoured for their efforts at the ceremony, eloquently hosted with a gloss of comic sheen by the brilliant Marcus Brigstocke.

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Article 8: Right to respect for private and family life

Of all the fundamental freedoms protected by the Human Rights Act, none attracts controversy quite like Article 8 – the right to respect for your private and family life. Barely a day passes without it hitting the headlines for apparently all the wrong reasons. Flicking through certain newspapers you would be forgiven for concluding that it exists only to shield foreign murderers and rapists from deportation.

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Liberty and the Europe debate

The House of Commons back-bench Europe debate demonstrates how divisive an issue our relationship with the European Union remains in British politics.

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Liberty fringe: Common Values & common sense in Manchester

It was standing room only in the Alexandria Suite at the Midland Hotel, Manchester on Monday night. Welcoming Conservative delegates to Liberty’s 2011 fringe, Shami reminded the audience how those on the panel had come together in recent years to resist some of the worst excesses of authoritarian Government. But, referring to the Home Secretary’s pre-conference strike against the Human Rights Act, she asked the panel whether there was a risk of talking up human rights in the Arab Spring while trashing them in an Indian Summer at home?

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Human rights and handcuffs

Our Human Rights Act has been variously blamed for terrorism, rioting and almost every ill bar global warming. Now the oddities of privatised public services are added to the list.

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Article 10: Freedom of expression

Article 10 of the Human Rights Act – freedom of expression – helps distinguish our country as the democracy it is. Free speech, often taken for granted, is vital to any open society. Ideas must be allowed to be shared to help inform debate and ensure accountability in government.

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Metropolitan Police v the Guardian: why application was doomed

So the Met has backed down in its attempt to force Guardian reporters to reveal confidential sources – that shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to anyone who knows the Human Rights Act. Leaving aside the irony of prosecuting those who blew the whistle on the hacking scandal rather than cover it up, the Met’s application was always doomed to failure.

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The jury's out at the Jury's Inn

In the first of her blogs on Liberty's Fringe Meetings at the 2011 Party Conferences our Policy Director reports on the Liberal Democrats "Defending the Human Rights Act" in Birmingham...

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