Inquest and Liberty held a parliamentary meeting today on the secret inquest provisions of the Coroners and Justice Bill. Chaired by Frank Dobson MP, parliamentarians were addressed by Susan Alexander, bereaved mother of Azelle Rodney who was shot dead by the Metropolitan Police in 2005, Helen Shaw, Co-Director of Inquest and Shami Chakrabarti, Director of Liberty.
Parliament will tomorrow debate whether the controversial control orders system will be renewed. Control orders, established in 2005, allow terror suspects to be tagged, confined to their homes and banned from communicating with others indefinitely without charge or trial.
75 years ago today the human rights group Liberty (the National Council of Civil Liberties) was launched by a group of high profile figures of the day including HG Wells, Harold Laski, Vera Brittain and led by Ronald Kidd.
In a judgment today, the Court of Human Rights has upheld the Law Lords 2004 landmark ruling that indefinite detention without charge for foreign terror suspects in Belmarsh prison was disproportionate and unlawful.
In a High Court judgment handed down today it emerged that the British Government, in an attempt to prevent full disclosure of the UK involvement in torture, told the Court that disclosure would harm the intelligence sharing relationship between the US and the UK.
Executive Director of the ACLU, Anthony Romero, and Liberty Director Shami Chakrabarti have met with Government officials and leading Parliamentarians with the purpose of establishing a new Anglo-American alliance based on respect for civil liberties and human rights.
In a speech to be given tonight, Liberty director Shami Chakrabarti will emphasise the importance of protecting asylum seekers in political debate and call for politicians to sign Liberty’s Asylum Election Pledge.