Today Liberty warned that Government plans for Secret Justice are even worse than first imagined – and that the removal of Inquests has given cover for the removal of judicial discretion over Public Interest Immunity (PII).
In today’s Grand Chamber judgment in the case of Scoppola v. Italy (n° 3) (application no. 126/05), which is final, the European Court of Human Rights held, by a majority, that there had been no violation of Article 3 of Protocol No. 1 (right to free elections) to the European Convention on Human Rights.
Today Liberty responded with dismay as plans for a new Snooper’s Charter and Secret Courts were included in this year’s Queen’s Speech. But it welcomed the proposed Defamation Bill as advancing freedom of speech.
The Brighton Declaration on reform of the Court of Human Rights, due to be finally agreed tomorrow morning, will make clear that primary responsibility for protecting human rights in the Council of Europe must rest with member countries themselves.
Today Liberty launches their campaign, ‘For Their Eyes Only’, against the Government’s Justice and Security Green Paper. The Green Paper contains proposals which would allow future ministers to shut out the press, public and bereaved families from any court case where it is considered a public hearing could ‘cause damage to the public interest’. This could include actions arising from complicity in torture, inquests into deaths in custody, police negligence, compensation claims resulting from friendly fire – or any civil claim capable of embarrassing the authorities.