It was only a matter of time before the ECHR got dragged into the EU referendum debate. But the Convention doesn’t bind Parliament and – despite Theresa May’s best efforts at mud-slinging and myth-spreading over the years – the case for remaining a signatory is unequivocal.
Two former soldiers have today been acquitted of the rape of Corporal Anne-Marie Ellement.
Emma Norton, lawyer for Liberty who represents Anne-Marie Ellement's family, said:
"Today two soldiers have been acquitted of the rape of the late Corporal Anne-Marie Ellement. The verdict of the court is respected and accepted. It is now more than six years since Anne-Marie reported being raped and it is more than four years since she died.
The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) will tomorrow (Tuesday 12 April 2016) consider critical questions around the lawfulness of state powers to require the bulk retention of people’s communications data, to which police and other authorities can authorise their own access.
The Court will hear a legal challenge brought by MPs David Davis and Tom Watson, represented by Liberty, as well as a case referred by the courts in Sweden, Tele2 Sverige v Post- och telestyrelsen.*
Liberty has today announced the appointment of its new Director – campaigner and barrister Martha Spurrier.
Martha comes to Liberty with an exceptional track record in defending people’s rights, raising awareness of threats to fundamental freedoms and holding the state to account for neglect, abuse and mistreatment. She will join Liberty from Doughty Street Chambers, where she has specialised in defending access to justice and the rights of women, children and disabled people.
“The desperate need of refugees, including unaccompanied children, is being met with bulldozers and water cannon on our country’s doorstep – and our leaders continue to look away. The Government cannot keep relying on geographical accident to justify its moral abdication and avoid its obligations."
A consultation into the Council’s plans closes at midnight on 29 February 2016. Liberty intends to respond to the consultation with a detailed analysis of how the PSPO will potentially lead to unjust, counterproductive and unlawful action being taken against homeless people.