Liberty didn’t take a position in the referendum. We are a cross-party, non-party membership organisation. Our role is to campaign for tolerance and fairness and hold the powerful to account.
Now, as we look to the future, we must continue to assert the values we aspire to. Compassion, respect, tolerance, dignity, fairness and justice. Human rights values that unite us and can help build consensus and progress where there is division and fear.
Liberty has written to Defence Secretary Michael Fallon to request a public inquiry into physical and sexual abuse at the Surrey barracks.
The call comes in the wake of the inquest into the death of Private Cheryl James – who died at Deepcut in 1995 – which exposed to public scrutiny the toxic, violent and sexualised environment in which Cheryl and other young soldiers lived.
The Attorney General has given consent for the family of Private Sean Benton – who died at Deepcut barracks 21 years ago – to apply to the High Court for a fresh inquest into the circumstances around his death.
Liberty, acting on behalf of Pte Benton’s twin brother Tony Benton and sister Tracy Lewis, lodged a formal application with the Attorney General on 8 July 2015 requesting that the original inquest of July 1995 be quashed and a fresh one ordered.
Responding to today's announcement that no charges will be brought over the allegations of the rendition of Abdel Hakim Belhaj, Sami al-Saadi and their families to Libya in 2004, Bella Sankey, Director of Policy for Liberty, said:
The Coroner in the inquest into the 1995 death of Private Cheryl James at Deepcut Barracks has today recorded a verdict of suicide, delivering a narrative verdict that severely criticised serious failures in duty of care at Deepcut barracks.
Ten of the biggest names in British art are the latest voices to join the growing chorus condemning Government plans to repeal the Human Rights Act.
Inspired by the fight to retain universal human rights protections in UK law, David Birkin, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Mat Collishaw, Ruth Ewan, Rachel Howard, Harland Miller, Bob and Roberta Smith, Mark Titchner, Mark Wallinger and Sue Webster have each contributed a work to a one-off exhibition co-ordinated by Liberty.
Responding to today’s announcement in the Queen’s Speech of a Counter-Extremism and Safeguarding Bill, Rachel Robinson, Policy Officer at Liberty, said:
“We already have criminal law to deal with terrorism, hate speech and the incitement of violence, so all that’s left for these proposals to ban are people and views that the Government disagrees with. Powers to radically curb free speech will be placed in the hands of ministers who paint their political opponents as extremists and ‘threats to national security’.
Following today’s Queen’s Speech, the families of Private Cheryl James, Corporal Anne-Marie Ellement and Alice Gross have condemned the Government’s plans to scrap the Human Rights Act in favour of a weakened “British Bill of Rights”.
The three families, who are all represented by Liberty, are among many thousands of people who have used the Human Rights Act to hold the State to account for abuse, neglect, mistreatment and other failings.
A diverse coalition of more than 130 of the UK’s most prominent organisations – ranging from religious and professional bodies to law firms, unions, environmental charities and the families of terrorism victims – have today publicly committed to oppose any attempt to repeal the Human Rights Act.