Press release archive

UK detention powers already far exceed those in comparable democracies Liberty study shows

12 November 2007

The human rights group Liberty today releases a comprehensive study of terrorist pre-charge detention powers in 15 countries, including the United States, Spain, Russia, France and Turkey.

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Liberty accuses IPCC of “delaying justice” with belated Stockwell shooting report

08 November 2007

The human rights group Liberty today accused the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) of delaying justice by publishing its report 28 months after the fatal shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes in July 2005.

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Queen’s Speech: Liberty concerned about anti-terror scheme

06 November 2007

In response to the Queen’s Speech, Liberty raised concerns that controversial Government plans to extend pre-charge detention for terror suspects would be excessive and counter-productive.

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Mixed Law Lords decision further undermines control orders regime

31 October 2007

This morning the Law Lords dealt a significant blow to the control order regime whilst stopping short of outlawing the controversial policy altogether.

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Law Lords to determine if UK Government can shield behind United Nations to escape human rights liability in Iraq

26 October 2007

States around the world will be watching House of Lords proceedings on 29-31 October which will determine whether they can rely on United Nations authority or involvement to escape legal liability for human rights abuses during military engagement.

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Liberty concerned by Home Secretary’s new call to extend pre-charge detention for terror suspects

22 October 2007

Liberty expressed grave concern today as Home Secretary Jacqui Smith renewed calls to extend pre-charge detention beyond 28 days for terror suspects despite admitting that the case for these new powers has yet to be made. Liberty has called for alternative powers to be implemented instead such as allowing intercept evidence in court and post-charge questioning of suspects.

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Family seeks justice for black ex-paratrooper who died in custody

21 September 2007

A black ex-paratrooper who asphyxiated on a police station floor in a pool of his own blood, urine and excrement while four officers stood and watched has been denied justice due to fundamental flaws in the initial investigation, said Liberty today.

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21 September 2007

Liberty hosts Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice Jack Straw, Joint Committee for Human Rights Chair Andrew Dismore, and Home Affairs Select Committee Chair Keith Vaz to discuss:

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Britain’s Privacy – Casualty in the War on Terror?

13 September 2007

In a report released today, Liberty catalogues the numerous ways in which ordinary Britons have increasingly become “suspects” subject to intense surveillance since the advent of the war on terror and calls for stronger privacy protections.

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Liberty calls proposal for universal DNA database "dangerous"

05 September 2007

In response to Lord Justice Sedley’s proposal that every man, woman and child in the UK should be obligated to provide DNA samples for the national database, Liberty Director Shami Chakrabarti said:

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