“Whilst we celebrate our diversity, the thing that surprises me time and time again as I travel around the constituency is that we are far more united and have far more in common than that which divides us.” Jo Cox MP, in her maiden speech to the Commons
For an MP to lose her life when she has opened her door to listen to her constituents is an attack on our democracy and on our value system. For a wife and mother to be taken from her young family is a tragedy.
A report released today by UNICEF opens with a shocking statistic: more than one in three of those arriving in Europe are children. And since last September, 340 children – “many of them babies and toddlers” – have drowned in the Eastern Mediterranean. As the reports show, the majority of these children come from the most dangerous, war-torn countries in the world.
We are excited to announce that the nominations for the 2016 Liberty Human Rights Awards are now open. Every year Liberty organises this unique celebration of human rights and those who are fearless in defending them and we ask you - the public, our members and supporters - to nominate the people who have inspired you and whose work to protect human rights deserves to be recognised.
Those tuning into Report Stage of the IP Bill (or Snoopers’ Charter) this week may well have wondered whether they were really watching the last opportunity for MPs to debate one of the most significant pieces of legislation in recent years.
After consistent lobbying by the Labour party and Liberty, Home Secretary Theresa May has finally announced that there will be a review of bulk powers.
The Government’s outgoing Reviewer of Terror Legislation, David Anderson QC, is to conduct a review of practices first revealed by whistle-blower Edward Snowden that Government is now seeking to retrospectively legitimise via powers contained the Snoopers’ Charter.
The news has been given a cautious welcome at Liberty HQ.
Huddled round the TV with baited breath, eyes wide, glued to the tube. The tension is palpable. And then… anti-climax.
Had they re-run last year’s by mistake? Nope – Her Majesty took the lift this time around.
So it really was just a copy and paste job. For the second year running, the Government – via the Queen’s Speech – vowed “proposals will be brought forward for a British Bill of Rights” [emphasis added].
The Government’s plans for a new ‘Bill of Rights’ to replace the Human Rights Act (HRA) are in “uncharted constitutional territory”, says the new report by the House of Lords’ EU Justice Committee, published yesterday. But more than that, the report demonstrates that the Government had little coherent idea of its destination when it began.