Article 3: No torture, inhuman or degrading treatment

In this latest entry in our blog series explaining the small bundle of rights and freedoms contained in the Human Rights Act, and debunking the misunderstandings around it, we’re turning our attentions to Article 3: no torture, inhuman or degrading treatment.

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9/11: Ten years on

As we approach the tenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks in the US, Liberty Director Shami Chakrabarti recalls where she was on that terrible day and what followed in the subsequent decade...

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Article 2: Right to life

There has been very little public education about the rights and freedoms in the Human Rights Act and how it works. As a result, many myths and misunderstandings have sprung up about the HRA – including who it does and doesn’t protect and what values it contains.

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Spare us the dog whistle Prime Minister...

Another day, another unprovoked attack on the Human Rights Act. The Prime Minister, writing in the Sunday Express, gave the HRA another thoroughly predictable bashing. It’s all becoming depressingly familiar – the legislation carries the can for everything from the recent riots, ‘young people today’ to a perceived erosion of personal responsibility. Perhaps climate change and rising obesity can be laid at its door too?

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We’ve already got a Bill of Rights – the HRA – defend it!

Back in March, the Prime Minister set up a Bill of Rights Commission to investigate the possibility of creating a 'UK Bill of Rights'. Today the Commission embarked upon its first step of public consultation, launching a discussion paper asking people “Do we need a UK Bill of Rights?”

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The News of the World: No wonder they hated human rights...

This week has been like the final act/episode of a grand/soap opera (delete according to taste). First the bankers; then the politicians and finally the journalists. Three great houses of power and influence in Britain have broken our trust and fallen from grace.

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Five actions, five minutes

What have you got planned this weekend? A bit of shopping? Enjoying the Great British Summer and firing up the barbeque, maybe? Can you squeeze in fighting to protect civil liberties and promoting human rights as well? Yes you can!

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Smiley Culture protest: powerful but peaceful

Last Saturday saw Liberty’s independent legal observers out in force again, this time at the request of family members of Smiley Culture, the reggae star who died during a police raid on his house in March this year.

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How the Human Rights Act delivered justice for the Bryant family

This week the jury returned its verdict following a six-week inquest into the death of Naomi Bryant. The jury found that a shocking catalogue of failings, by every agency involved, had directly contributed to Naomi’s death. It was a remarkable conclusion to a long-running, distressing ordeal.

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Human rights begin at home

The past couple of weeks have been extraordinary in the development of democracy. People across the Middle East rise up against tyranny. British politicians praise their courage. Then, while warning the tyrants, they rail against the values and institutions that have long protected liberty and the rule of law at home.

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