On the first evening of the Conservative Party Conference, a packed room of over 250 friends of civil liberties and human rights gathered to discuss the future of rights and freedoms in the UK. Over the course of an energetic and wide ranging discussion, it was clear that both panel members and audience alike were gravely concerned by their leadership’s misguided plans for the Human Rights Act (HRA) and the UK’s relationship with the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).
Over 200 activists and delegates were in buoyant mood at the Liberty’s Labour fringe last night. And in an uplifting, engaged, debate they had a strong message for their political leadership on human rights.
In 2008, Marc Chivers was released from prison in Germany after murdering his girlfriend. He came to the UK and started a brief relationship with Maria Stubbings. After they split up, Maria reported to police that she thought Chivers had stolen from her, assaulted her and threatened her. She told police she was afraid of him and fearful that he would "get her".
It's been announced that the fresh inquest into Cheryl James' death at Deepcut in Surrey will be headed up by the most senior judge at the Old Bailey, His Honour Judge Brian Barker QC, the Recorder of London.
In the politics of law and order it’s easy for politicians to talk tough about crime while issuing platitudes and empty promises for victims. The sad reality is that successive governments have paid little more than lip-service to the needs of victims left reeling after their lives are devastated by the actions of others. So it is unsurprising that the Government’s announcement of a new ‘Victims’ Law’ has been welcomed by some, but greeted with caution by others. Until we know the detail we cannot know what this proposed legislation will amount to, and whether it goes far enough.
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Today Northumbria Police has had to announce that 11 rape allegations previously recorded as “no crimes” are going to be reinvestigated. Only last year Liberty wrote to the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, the IPCC and Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary to express our grave concerns about “no criming” in rape and sexual assault cases.