Press release archive

Inquest into death of Cheryl James to take place in February

20 May 2015

The inquest into the death of Private Cheryl James – who died at Deepcut Barracks in 1995 – will go ahead early next year, a Coroner has ruled.

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Cheryl James - crucial decisions expected at pre-inquest review

19 May 2015

Today at Woking Coroner’s Court, critical decisions are expected to be made about the forthcoming inquest into the death of Private Cheryl James – who died at Deepcut Barracks in 1995. 

The Coroner will rule on Surrey Police’s request that Pte James’ inquest should be heard alongside inquests into the deaths of the other three young soldiers who died there. However fresh inquests have yet to be ordered into the deaths of Sean Benton, James Collinson and Geoff Gray. This would mean Cheryl’s inquest would be delayed, probably by years.

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IPT judgment: Security services intercepting client-lawyer communications

29 April 2015

In a ruling today, the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) ordered GCHQ to destroy legally privileged communications it unlawfully collected from Libyan rendition victim Sami al-Saadi.

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Liberty takes fight against mass surveillance to European Court

10 April 2015

Liberty has filed an appeal with the European Court of Human Rights against the Investigatory Powers Tribunal’s ruling that UK intelligence agencies’ mass surveillance activities are legal.


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Liberty responds to ISC report on mass surveillance

12 March 2015

Responding to the Intelligence and Security Committee report on mass surveillance, Director of Liberty Shami Chakrabarti said:

“The ISC has repeatedly shown itself as a simple mouthpiece for the spooks – so clueless and ineffective that it’s only thanks to Edward Snowden that it had the slightest clue of the agencies’ antics."

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Victory for Liberty’s Military Justice campaign as Parliament agrees new independent Armed Forces Ombudsman

09 March 2015

Today MPs approved plans to create an independent Service Complaints Ombudsman as a Government amendment to the Armed Forces Bill - based on Liberty-backed proposals made in Committee – passed its final parliamentary stage.


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Campaigners given go-ahead to legally challenge Mayor of London over Parliament Square fencing

06 March 2015

Liberty’s client has been granted permission to take the Mayor of London to court over his decision to fence off Parliament Square – preventing peaceful protests by Occupy Democracy from going ahead.

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Victory for campaigners as “pay to protest” authorities back down

26 February 2015

Authorities who demanded climate change campaigners fork out thousands of pounds to march peacefully in London have bowed to pressure from Liberty, protesters and the public and staged a dramatic u-turn.

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Liberty responds to IPT revelations over legally-privileged communications

19 February 2015

Responding to the Government's concession that the intelligence agencies' policies for handling legally-privileged communications have breached human rights laws, Liberty's Legal Director James Welch said: 

"For the second time in a fortnight we learn how little respect the intelligence services have for personal privacy - and now legal process.

"Until there is a fundamental overhaul of the laws governing the security services, our privacy will never be safe."

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Intelligence sharing between UK and USA was unlawful, Tribunal rules

06 February 2015

GCHQ acted unlawfully in accessing millions of people’s private communications collected in bulk by the USA’s National Security Agency, the Investigatory Powers Tribunal has ruled today.

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