Press release archive


14 October 2008

The Government has dropped plans for 42 days detention. Last night saw a resounding victory for Liberty's long running Charge or Release campaign. Common sense and common decency prevailed as the Government dropped plans to detain terror suspects for 42 days without charge, following an overwhelming defeat in the House of Lords. The Upper House rejected the proposal by a devastating 191 votes.

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Lords defeat Government on 42 days pre-charge detention

13 October 2008

In an overwhelming defeat for the Government, the House of Lords have voted down controversial plans to extend pre-charge detention to 42 days for terror suspects by 309 - 118.

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'42 Writers for Liberty' opposing 42 day pre-charge detention

12 October 2008

Forty-two leading writers will join Liberty in opposing Government plans to hold suspects for 42 days without charge. '42 Writers for Liberty' will showcase new works by leading writers including Philip Pullman, Monica Ali, Julian Barnes, Mohsin Hamid, Ian Rankin, Sadie Jones, Ali Smith and A.L. Kennedy.

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Liberty's response to resignation of Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair 

02 October 2008

Today Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair resigned from office, and Liberty Director Shami Chakrabarti responded to his departure.

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New Council of Europe report criticises Government anti-terror plans

30 September 2008

Today Liberty called Government plans to extend pre-charge detention limits to 42 days an “international embarrassment” amid fresh criticism from the Council of Europe that the plans are “unduly complicated” and “not readily understandable.”

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Liberty warns against expensive and unnecessary ID card scheme

24 September 2008

The Home Office’s anticipated announcement that ID cards will be compulsory for foreign nationals by November 2008 seeks to soften the public before making ID cards compulsory for all British nationals, Liberty warned.

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Liberty urges Government action, not empty promises, for child asylum seekers

19 September 2008

The human rights group Liberty today urged the Government to make radical policy changes to protect the rights of child asylum seekers, after the Government pledged to sign the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in full.

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Unfair age assessment of child asylum seekers must be scrapped, says Liberty

16 September 2008

Tomorrow the Court of Appeal will consider if local authorities should retain sole responsibility for determining the age of unaccompanied child asylum seekers, after a 15-year-old Afghan refugee with learning difficulties was left homeless in London.

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Liberty Director Shami Chakrabarti to address Newcastle University Business School

04 September 2008

Liberty Director Shami Chakrabarti is the guest speaker at the Newcastle University Business School Ethics Forum’s ‘In Conversation With…’ event.

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Liberty brings nationwide campaign against the “Mosquito” to Plymouth City Council

02 September 2008

At a special hearing on Tuesday 26 August, Liberty will urge Plymouth City Council to ban the “Mosquito device,” which forces young people out of public areas by emitting a high-pitched squeal audible to under 25 year olds.

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