Press release archive

Victory for Sikh schoolgirl unlawfully excluded for wearing religious bangle

29 July 2008

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.

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Mother facing separation from her son seeks relief from Law Lords

18 July 2008

A Lebanese woman who fled an abusive husband to retain custody of their son is to ask the Law Lords to protect her human right to raise her son by halting her deportation.

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Response to Conservative MP David Davis by-election win

11 July 2008

Liberty response to Conservative MP David Davis winning the Haltemprice and Howden by-election on a civil liberties platform.

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Peers to begin opposition to 42 day pre-charge detention plans

08 July 2008

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.

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Liberty wins Voluntary Sector Public Affairs Campaign of the year

04 July 2008

'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.

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Government must review Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act

01 July 2008

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.

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Liberty Director says police independence undermined by government interference in annual Police Foundation lecture

01 July 2008

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.

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Liberty overwhelmed by donation from Desmond Elliott Prize winner Nikita Lalwani

27 June 2008

Liberty today expressed profound thanks to prize-winning author Nikita Lalwani, who has donated her £10,000 Desmond Elliott Prize award to the human rights group.

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Liberty calls for independent investigation into Harmondsworth disturbance

20 June 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.

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Liberty Director Shami Chakrabarti's letter to Secretary of State Andy Burnham

19 June 2008

Letter from Liberty Director to Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport in response to recent article in Progress magazine.

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