On 28th and 29th July 2014, the national domestic violence charity Refuge is intervening - alongside Liberty - in a landmark case in the Supreme Court brought by the family of Joanna Michael, a young woman who was brutally murdered by her ex-partner, Cyron Williams, in August 2009.
Today Liberty announced it will seek a Judicial Review of the Government’s “emergency” surveillance law – on behalf of MPs David Davis and Tom Watson. The announcement comes days after the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014 (DRIP) was rushed through Parliament onto the statute book.
(LONDON – 22 July 2014) – Liberty, together with MPs David Davis and Tom Watson, will announce an urgent response to the Government’s new “emergency” surveillance law at a press conference on Tuesday. The new development comes just days after the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014 – “DRIP” – was rushed through Parliament and onto the statute book inside just three days.
Today the High Court ordered a fresh inquest into the death of Cheryl James. Cheryl, 18, was undergoing initial training at Deepcut Barracks in 1995 when she was found dead with a bullet wound between her right eye and the bridge of her nose. Liberty, which represents Cheryl’s parents Des and Doreen James, applied for a new inquest after using the Human Rights Act to secure access to documents held by the authorities about the teenager’s death.
Today Liberty will appear at the Investigatory Powers Tribunal in its legal claim against the British Intelligence Services over the ongoing surveillance scandal. The group is bringing the claim on its own behalf and on behalf of a number of its partner organisations in other countries, including the ACLU. The IPT is also hearing claims brought by Privacy International and Amnesty International.
Responding to today's news that emergency legislation will be brought forward next week, allowing the state to maintain its access to personal data held by internet and phone companies, Shami Chakrabarti, Director of Liberty, said:
Today Liberty publishes a report on how to embed much-needed independence and fairness in the military justice system. It outlines the improvements required to give the rights of servicemen and women the same level of protection as those of civilians.