Today is Human Rights Day - a date that Liberty always looks forward to celebrating at the start of the festive season. This year not only are we launching a competition for school children across the country but we’re also releasing an engaging new cinema advert promoting our Common Values campaign.
Liberty’s new-look Human Rights Awards held last night were a massive success. Lawyers and journalists rubbed shoulders with campaigners and politicians at the Southbank event, compered by Rory Bremner - who had the crowd in stitches throughout the evening.
The student walkout remained peaceful until the police blocked us off at Whitehall. As far as I am aware there was no actual violence until after we had been kettled and all entrances to the street in which we were in were blocked.
It’s been a busy few days at Liberty HQ – on Tuesday we had payments to Guantanamo detainees, in part to keep certain details secret, and today we have a Government attempt to exclude bereaved family members from the 7/7 inquests.
Today the Home Office confirmed that the previous Government’s plan to allow the police and security services to track the record of all emails, texts and phone calls made and internet sites visited of everyone in Britain is being revived, to the tune of £2bn.