The Prime Minister called them a ‘swarm’ and in the media they have been variously described as ‘an organised mob’, ‘tragic human flotsam’ and an ‘unstoppable flood’. They are the migrants in Calais, living with disease, death and the disinterest of the public for their plight.
For more than eight decades, Liberty has sought to hold governments to account, ensuring they make fair and just decisions which do not infringe on our fundamental rights and freedoms. For the last 10 years, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) has played an essential role in helping us do just that. Information disclosed under the FOIA has been critical to some of our most successful legal cases, including challenging discriminatory stop and search and the degrading treatment of detained immigrants.
In recent years, great strides have been made in the fight to end the abhorrent crime of modern slavery in the UK – but what happens to survivors after they’ve been discovered? Where do they go? What do they do to survive?
Tomorrow marks the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 7 July 2005. On a morning which began like any other senseless violence led to the loss of 52 lives with hundreds more injured. The terrorists sought to spread fear and loathing – they sought to divide us – but they have not been successful.
On Wednesday, the hottest July day on record, I joined a Guardian Live panel to discuss the future of our Human Rights Act. A big thanks to everyone who turned out to listen despite the sweltering heat – fitting for a debate that, despite its crucial importance for every person in the UK, has so far generated more heat than light.
A month after the people of Ireland voted in favour of same-sex marriage in a landmark referendum, the Supreme Court of the United States of America has ruled that the right to equal marriage is protected by the American Constitution. The USA now joins 19 other countries in legalising same-sex marriage, and many other countries have new laws on the way.