Today the High Court awarded victory to a Sikh schoolgirl who was excluded from school for wearing a religious bangle, upholding a 25-year-old Law Lords ruling allowing Sikhs to wear items representing their faith.
Today the House of Lords is to begin its opposition to the Government’s controversial plans to extend pre-charge detention limits in the Counter-Terror Bill. Narrowly passed in the Commons last month, the proposals have been condemned as unnecessary, counter-productive and dangerous for community relations.
'Charge or Release', Liberty’s campaign against any extension of pre-charge detention for terror suspects beyond the current limit of 28 days, has won the Public Affairs News award for Voluntary Sector Public Affairs Campaign of the year.
In a significant judgement today, the European Court of Human Rights found that UK surveillance laws had lacked the necessary clarity and accountability to prevent abuses of power when used to intercept cross-border communications.
In a speech tomorrow to senior police officers, politicians and judges, Liberty Director Shami Chakrabarti will say that the role of the police has been undermined by political pressure from successive governments. Chakrabarti is to deliver the annual Police Foundation’s John Harris Memorial Lecture at Draper Hall at 18:00 on 2 July 2008.
On Monday 23 June, the High Court will determine whether an independent investigation must be held after vulnerable detainees were locked in flooded cells without food or water while fires burned during a disturbance in Harmondsworth detention centre.