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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.