Press release archive

Council struck common sense balance between equal treatment and freedom of conscience

15 December 2009

Today the Court of Appeal ruled that Islington council was right to expect employee Lillian Ladele to perform same-sex civil partnerships as part of her role as registrar.

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Human rights leaders honoured at Liberty and Justice Human Rights Awards

11 December 2009

Lawyers and campaigners were among the winners who were celebrated for their ground-breaking and courageous work at the Liberty / JUSTICE Human Rights Awards last night. The awards are held annually to recognise the outstanding contribution made by individuals and organisations to further the cause of human rights.

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The truth about Britain's values

10 December 2009

A poll released today by Liberty shows the British public’s continued support for human rights. 96% believe it is important that there is a law that protects rights and freedoms in Britain.

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High Court condemns use of secret evidence

01 December 2009

Liberty today welcomed a ruling from the High Court that bail cannot be denied solely on the basis of secret evidence. The ruling, which said that bail applicants must be given an irreducible minimum of information about the case against them, also rejected Government claims that the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) was immune from judicial review.

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Home Secretary fails vulnerable hacker

27 November 2009

Home Secretary Alan Johnson stated last night that the Government would not intervene to block Gary McKinnon's extradition.

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Liberty welcomes O'Connor protest policing report 

25 November 2009

Denis O'Connor, Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Constabulary, today published the second part of his report on public order policing tactics, saying that police should remember the founding principles of British policing but adapt methods to modern protests.

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Jenny Willott MP and Liberty hold DNA clinic in Cardiff

19 November 2009

Today Wales’ first ‘DNA clinic’ launches in Cardiff, giving free legal assistance to people whose profiles have been unfairly added to the DNA database. Jenny Willott, Liberal Democrat MP for Cardiff Central, along with lawyers from human rights group Liberty will provide help and advice to those who want their DNA profiles removed from the national database.

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Government announces innocents will continue to be held on DNA database

11 November 2009

Despite widespread opposition, the Home Office announced today plans to retain innocents DNA for six years. Innocent 16 and 17 years olds arrested for a serious crime will be treated the same as adults. All other children arrested but not convicted of any offence will have their profiles held for 3 years.

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Secretive surveillance powers openly challenged for the first time

05 November 2009

A hearing examining the controversial use of covert surveillance by a local authority begins today. This landmark case is the first time these powers – granted to local authorities under the controversial Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) – will be challenged at an open hearing before the Investigatory Powers Tribunal.

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House of Lords battle to stop future Gary McKinnons

04 November 2009

Today the House of Lords will have the opportunity to prevent situations like Gary McKinnon's reoccurring. An amendment to the Policing and Crime Bill would allow British judges to bar extradition if a significant part of the crime happened in the UK.

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