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Everyone has the right to protest - not just those who can pay for it

The People’s Walk for Wildlife – led by wildlife TV presenter and conservationist Chris Packham – is due to take place this weekend on Saturday 22 September.

Walkers of all ages will gather in Hyde Park at 10am and march to Whitehall – where they will hand A Peoples Manifesto for Wildlife in to 10 Downing Street.

But the first demonstration of its kind, aimed at promoting awareness of the urgent need to preserve the diversity of our wildlife and natural habitat, was faced with a huge hurdle.

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The Mental Health Capacity Amendment Bill affects hundreds of thousands of people – it must be treated with appropriate care

This afternoon the Lords will debate the Mental Capacity Amendment Bill – a monumental task given the problems with it and the pitiful amount of time dedicated to scrutiny.

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Holiday over, it’s time for MPs to stand up for our rights

Parliament may have stopped for summer, but we didn’t. Here’s what we’ll be working on now MPs are back.

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It’s work experience week at Liberty

It’s that time of year again when we welcome four work experience students to Liberty House.

We’re delighted to have Ama, Amna, Katie and Shirin with us this week. They will be spending time with our various teams to get a taste of life at Liberty and learn what makes an effective human rights NGO tick.

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If the Government is serious about ending homelessness, it needs to scrap Public Space Protection Orders

Earlier this month, the Government announced its £100m strategy to make homelessness “a thing of the past” and end rough sleeping by 2027. If it's serious, it needs to scrap Public Space Protection Orders.

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Thirteen years after Liberty first called for a judge-led inquiry into UK complicity in post-9/11 torture and rendition, we’re still waiting for the truth.

In coming days, the Government will respond to renewed calls for a full, independent investigation. Here’s Liberty’s Gracie Bradley on why they can’t keep hiding.

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Why all victims should feel safe to report crimes to police – not fear deportation if they do

By routinely handing victims of crime to the Home Office for immigration enforcement purposes, police are damaging community relations, putting undocumented people at risk – and making us all less safe.

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Brexit: where have we got to on human rights?

With MPs off on their summer holidays, now is a good time to reflect on the past few months – and look ahead as the clock ticks steadily towards ‘exit day’ on 29 March 2019.

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Stephen Shaw's new immigration detention report is essential summer reading for MPs

As MPs jet off on their summer holidays, they will no doubt be desperate for some interesting and insightful reads to fill the inevitable downtime.

One major work they almost certainly haven’t had time to pick up yet is Sir Stephen Shaw’s second review into the welfare of people held in immigration detention –published by the Home Office at 3pm on Parliament’s last day of term.

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Our proud tradition of resistance will bring down the hostile environment

Liberty’s Advocacy and Policy Officer, Gracie Bradley, addressed protesters in Trafalgar Square during President Donald Trump’s UK visit. Here is an abridged version of her speech.

One of the reasons we are here today is the Trump administration’s treatment of migrants – the “Muslim ban”, the wall, children in cages.

But the UK has its own long history of state racism and xenophobia that cuts well across party lines – and its latest incarnation is the ‘hostile environment’.

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