Press release archive

Lord Chancellor misleads on the Law

10 October 2012

Today Lord Chancellor Chris Grayling used his conference speech to play politics with human rights and the criminal law. Grayling, who was only appointed Justice Secretary just over a month ago, spoke of raising the bar on the use of reasonable force by homeowners against burglars. He told conference that he would change the law so that householders would have more protection from prosecution – despite the law already allowing for reasonable force to be used in self-defence. In assessing what is reasonable, the householders’ circumstances, state of mind, perception and physical characteristics are taken into account. Grayling also said he would take attacks on the Human Rights Act to the nation’s doorsteps to help secure a Conservative General Election victory.

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Liberty seeks to intervene in Babar Ahmad extradition

03 October 2012

Today Liberty will seek to intervene in the High Court in proceedings against the Government and DPP for not allowing Babar Ahmad (accused of setting up terrorist fundraising websites and detained for eight years without charge) to be prosecuted in the UK. The authorities will currently neither prosecute nor allow the private prosecution attempted by businessman Karl Watkin. Instead they are facilitating extradition to the US.

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Victory for open justice - Lib Dem Conference rejects secret courts

25 September 2012

Today Jo Shaw’s principled motion against the secret courts proposals in the Justice and Security Bill was passed at the Lib Dem conference.

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Liberty B&B discrimination case to be heard

17 September 2012

Today the discrimination case of Liberty clients Michael Black and John Morgan will be heard in Reading County Court. The couple were refused accommodation at a Berkshire Bed and Breakfast in March 2010.

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Human Rights Act delivers new inquest into soldier’s death

08 August 2012

Today Liberty revealed that the High Court has ordered a fresh inquest into the death of Anne Marie Ellement – a military police officer found hanged in her barracks in Bulford, Wiltshire, three days after her 30th birthday last year. She said she had been ostracised and bullied following her accusation that two comrades had raped her.

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Liberty will use Human Rights Act to get justice for victims of Winterbourne View care home

06 August 2012

Liberty today announced that it is representing two victims of the Winterbourne View care home scandal. A Panorama investigation, which aired in May 2011 under the title Undercover Care: The Abuse Exposed, revealed shocking levels of verbal and physical abuse directed daily towards the vulnerable residents of the privately run hospital in Bristol. Footage showed employees punching and slapping patients, while one was goaded to commit suicide. Winterbourne View treated people with learning disabilities and autism.

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Liberty Director carries the Olympic Flag in opening ceremony of London 2012

27 July 2012

Tonight Shami Chakrabarti, Director of Liberty, participated in the opening ceremony of the London Olympic Games. The head of the campaign group joined human rights activists and athletes from across the globe in carrying the traditional Olympic flag into the stadium.

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Liberty urges Home Secretary to refuse domestic violence victim’s extradition to US

04 July 2012

Today Liberty made an eleventh-hour plea to Home Secretary Theresa May in a final bid to save mother-of-three and domestic violence victim Eileen Clark from an extradition to the US which would breach her rights to private and family life and liberty under Articles 8 and 5, ECHR.

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Liberty stages For Their Eyes Only protest against terrifying Government plans for Secret Justice

19 June 2012

Today Liberty staged a protest outside the Supreme Court to illustrate how the highly-flawed Justice and Security Bill proposes to lock down open justice.

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Leading QC contradicts equal marriage critics - proposals will not force Church to marry gay couples

12 June 2012

Today human rights group Liberty released a legal opinion by preeminent QC Karon Monaghan of Matrix Chambers that contradicts reports that faith institutions may be forced to conduct same-sex marriages. Monaghan, who specialises in human rights, equality and discrimination law, states that

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