Government plans to scrap the Human Rights Act have been leaked to The Sunday Times. Responding, Director of Liberty Shami Chakrabarti said:
"One year on and Gove's blueprint is no more coherent than the Grayling plan. No protection for our service men and women so often sent across the world in the name of human rights. What a deplorable message to send on Remembrance Sunday."
Responding to the announcement of the draft Investigatory Powers Bill, Shami Chakrabarti, Director of Liberty, said: “After all the talk of climbdowns and safeguards, this long-awaited Bill constitutes a breath-taking attack on the internet security of every man, woman and child in our country.
“We must now look to Parliament to step in where Ministers have failed and strike a better balance between privacy and surveillance.”
Responding to the news of Shaker Aamer's release from Guantanamo Bay after 13 years in detention, Shami Chakrabarti, Director of Liberty, said: "Shaker Aamer's release will bring huge relief to his family but serious questions remain.
"Why did it take us so many years to persuade our closest ally to behave decently? How many young Britons have been radicalised, at least in part, by kidnap, internment and torture in freedom's name?"
The Director of Service Prosecutions Andrew Cayley CMG, QC has this afternoon issued the following statement:
"On 22 October 2015 I directed that ex-Corporal Thomas Fulton and ex-Corporal Jeremy Jones each be charged with two charges of rape of a female. In October 2011 the complainant, Anne-Marie Ellement, took her own life. Both accused have now been formally charged."
The Government’s appeal against a High Court judgment that ruled its surveillance legislation unlawful will be heard today and tomorrow (22 and 23 October). The Government is challenging the July 2015 ruling, which upheld a challenge to the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act (DRIPA) brought by MPs David Davis and Tom Watson, represented by Liberty.
Responding to today's party conference speech by leader of the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn, Shami Chakrabarti, Director of Liberty, said:
"Britain loves an underdog and, whatever the future holds for the Labour Party, its new leader has spoken up for human rights and the vulnerable at home and abroad. He cited Maya Angelou and the Suffragettes, and attacked discrimination and abuse of power at every turn.
"We look forward to these words being honoured with practical policy in the days and years to come."