Press release archive

Dangerous and incoherent: Liberty condemns Government plan to cover up its own failings by removing human rights protections for troops and civilians

04 October 2016

The Government has today announced it intends to create a ‘presumption of derogation’ from the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) in future conflicts – a move that would leave both UK soldiers and foreign civilians at risk of human rights abuses.

The European Convention is the fundamental, effective safeguard against the abuses of power which can occur during wartime. It protects those who serve in the UK’s military from neglect or abuse at the hands of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) – and requires our soldiers to respect the rights of others.

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Campaigning organisations and social care experts unite to oppose Government plans to let councils “opt out” of 80 years of child protection laws

29 September 2016

Forty organisations and experts in children’s social care have joined forces to oppose dangerous plans to let councils exempt themselves from almost any duty imposed by children’s legislation passed in the last 80 years.

Proposals in the Children and Social Work Bill – to be debated in the House of Lords next month – will allow individual councils to be excused from legal duties towards vulnerable children, young people and families, in order to test whether deregulation should be given the green light nationally.

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Liberty's response to ruling that Lauri Love can be extradited

16 September 2016

District Judge Nina Tempia today ruled that Lauri Love can be extradited to the United States during a hearing at Westminster Magistrate's Court in London. Mr Love, who has Asperger syndrome, is alleged to have hacked into US Government computers in 2012 and 2013.

Responding to the news, Bella Sankey, Director of Policy for Liberty, said: “Where unlawful activity is alleged to have taken place in the UK, those suspected should be tried on UK soil – especially in cases of vulnerable people like Lauri Love.

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Jagdip Randhawa's family responds to inquest jury's conclusions in Article 2 inquest

09 September 2016

An inquest jury today concluded that failings at Leeds General Infirmary significantly contributed to the death of 19-year-old student, Jagdip Randhawa, who died after he was punched by a professional boxer.

Jagdip, a 19-year-old from Hounslow, died on 17 October 2011, five days after being punched by professional boxer Clifton Ty Mitchell. Mitchell was later convicted of manslaughter. An inquest into Jagdip’s death, which engaged Article 2 of the Human Rights Act, concluded today at Wakefield Coroner’s Court.

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Liberty's response to the announced closure of Dungavel detention centre

08 September 2016

The Home Office today announced that Dungavel immigration removal centre near Strathaven, South Lanarkshire, will close at the end of 2017. A replacement centre is to be built close to Glasgow Airport.

Rachel Robinson, Policy Officer for Liberty, said: "The closure of Dungavel, where hundreds of people are detained for the sheer convenience of the state, is an important milestone on the road to a more humane and compassionate immigration system. It's also a triumph for the taxpayer, who picks up the tab for one of Europe's largest detention estates.

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Liberty and 40 other organisations demand inquiry after infamous security firm G4S wins discrimination helpline contract

05 September 2016

  • Liberty, Tell MAMA and 39 others call for parliamentary inquiry into decision to award Equality Advisory Support Service (EASS) contract to global infamous security firm
  • Liberty dossier demonstrates repeated human rights abuses by G4S

Human rights and equality campaigners have come together to demand a parliamentary inquiry into why the infamous global security firm G4S was handed the contract to run a Government-funded helpline for victims of discrimination.

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Belfast City Council backs Liberty and Help Refugees campaign to Protect Refugee Children – and urges Northern Ireland Executive to play its part

05 September 2016

Belfast City Council has thrown its support behind Liberty and Help Refugees’ Protect Refugee Children campaign – confirming its commitment to resettling children in desperate need and calling on the Executive to urgently play its part.

Liberty and Help Refugees have joined forces to harness the support of local councillors across the UK, in a bid to pressure the Government to deliver on its promise to bring unaccompanied refugee children in Europe to safety on our shores.

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Liberty responds to Justice Secretary's confirmation that she will press on with Human Rights Act repeal

22 August 2016

“In the current climate, our new Justice Secretary should focus on providing unifying leadership – not pouring her energy, and yet more public money, into scrapping human rights and equality protections that are needed now more than ever.”

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‘Trust us’ isn’t enough: Liberty condemns evidence-light report rubberstamping Government mass surveillance powers

19 August 2016

Liberty has criticised today’s report from the Government’s outgoing Reviewer of Terror Legislation, which falls far short of the impartial, probing and well-evidenced investigation into the necessity of ‘bulk’ powers so urgently required.

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Lambeth Council backs Liberty and Help Refugees pledge to protect refugee children – and urges central Government to play its part

17 August 2016

Lambeth Council has thrown its support behind Liberty and Help Refugees’ Protect Refugee Children pledge – confirming its commitment to resettling children in desperate need and calling on the Government  to urgently play its part.

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