Press release archive

Draft Investigatory Powers Bill: Liberty calls for full redraft as Committee report highlights major concerns

11 February 2016

Liberty is urging the Government to pause and undertake a full redraft of its landmark surveillance legislation in the light of growing concern from cross-party MPs, technology experts and rights campaigners that no operational case has been made for the unprecedented powers it proposes.

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Liberty response to Intelligence and Security Committee report on the Draft Investigatory Powers Bill

09 February 2016

In reponse to the Intelligence and Security Committee's Report on the draft Investigatory Powers Bill, Bella Sankey, Policy Director for Liberty, said: "This forensic and damning critique supports what human rights campaigners and tech sector experts have been saying for months – the Home Office has so far made a dangerous mess of this important legislation and its overbroad bulk powers must be scrapped.

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Inquest into death of Cheryl James at Deepcut Barracks to begin

01 February 2016

A fresh inquest into the death of Private Cheryl James – who was found dead at Deepcut Barracks in 1995 – will begin at Woking Coroner’s Court today.

The inquest will be overseen by His Honour Judge Brian Barker QC CBE. It is expected to last for at least seven weeks and hear evidence from more than 100 witnesses.

Cheryl was 18 and undergoing initial training at Deepcut in Surrey when she was found dead with a bullet wound to her face on 27 November 1995. 

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Holocaust Memorial Day: Liberty and René Cassin Joint Statement

27 January 2016

Today – 27 January 2016 – is Holocaust Memorial Day, the day the world remembers the horrors inflicted on humankind by the Nazis. But while we remember the millions who suffered and died at the hands of that brutal regime, there is an even greater imperative – to ensure such atrocities can never happen again. 

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Disproportionate criminal records disclosure scheme declared unlawful after Human Rights Act challenge by Liberty

22 January 2016

The High Court has today declared the Government’s criminal records disclosure scheme incompatible with Article 8 of the Human Rights Act, following a challenge by Liberty.

The judgment relates to the rule that anyone who has more than one conviction – regardless of the minor nature of the offences, how long ago they were committed and the person’s circumstances at the time – is required to disclose them forever when applying for certain types of work. 

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Victory for press freedom as appeal court rules Schedule 7 incompatible with Article 10 of Human Rights Act

19 January 2016

The power to stop, search, detain, question and seize documents from anyone travelling through a UK airport under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000 is incompatible with Article 10 of the Human Rights Act, the Court of Appeal has ruled today.

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Search for new Liberty Director begins as Shami Chakrabarti announces she is to leave after 12 years

14 January 2016

Shami Chakrabarti, Director of human rights group Liberty, has today announced that she is to leave the organisation after 12 years at the helm.

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Penalising Poverty: Liberty urges Chelmsford City Council to scrap unjustified PSPO plans

08 January 2016

Liberty has today written to Chelmsford City Council urging it to abandon plans that would criminalise the poorest and most vulnerable people in the city.

A consultation into the Council’s proposed Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) closes today (8 January). 

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Human Rights Act ensures inquest into student’s 2011 death will investigate potential police and hospital failings

06 January 2016

The inquest into the 2011 death of student Jagdip Randhawa will examine whether systemic failings by police and hospital staff contributed to his death, a coroner has ruled this week.

Liberty, which represents Jagdip’s family, had made submissions to Assistant Coroner Kevin McLoughlin that the case engages Article 2 of the Human Rights Act.

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