Press release archive

Liberty to honour Northern Ireland abortion rights movement at Human Rights Awards – exactly 50 years after abortion was legalised in England, Scotland and Wales

24 October 2017

The Northern Ireland abortion rights movement will today receive a Liberty Human Rights Award for their five-decade fight for free, safe and legal abortions – exactly 50 years after they were legalised in the rest of the UK.

Alliance for Choice, the London-Irish Abortion Rights Campaign, lawyer and campaigner Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC and the Family Planning Association will collect the Long Walk Award tonight on behalf of all those who have fought and continue to fight for women and girls to have access to basic rights over their own bodies.

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Liberty responds to High Court ruling that Government's definition of torture for immigration detention purposes is unlawful

10 October 2017

Today the High Court has ruled the Government's narrow redefinition of torture in its immigration detention policy is unlawful, thanks to a case brought by Medical Justice.

Responding to the judgment, Martha Spurrier, Director of Liberty, said: 

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"Start by dismantling your own toxic legacy" - Liberty responds to the Government's racial disparity audit

10 October 2017

Responding to the Government's racial disparity audit, Martha Spurrier, Director of Liberty, said Theresa May should start by dismantling her own toxic legacy.

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Whistleblower, encryption pioneers, Girlguiding and an entire Welsh market town among courageous voices up for Liberty’s Human Rights Awards

09 October 2017

Liberty has today announced the shortlist for its 2017 Human Rights Awards – with an undercover journalist, encryption pioneers, Girlguiding members and the people of the Welsh town of Narberth among those nominated by the public. 

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Private Sean Benton inquest WILL examine evidence of bullying at Deepcut barracks

20 September 2017

A coroner has today ruled that the fresh inquest into the death of Private Sean Benton in 1995 will examine wider allegations of bullying and abuse at Deepcut barracks.

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Repeal Bill must be urgently amended to protect people from Government rollback on fundamental rights after Brexit

05 September 2017

Liberty and Amnesty International are calling on MPs to add a People’s Clause to the Withdrawal Bill to stop ministers stripping away vital rights protections as they rewrite UK laws after Brexit.

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Liberty exposes secret data-sharing deal between Greater London Authority and Home Office to deport rough sleepers

20 August 2017

Human rights organisation Liberty has discovered the Greater London Authority (GLA) granted the Home Office secret access to a mapping tool allowing them to monitor and locate rough sleepers on the basis of their nationality.

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Undemocratic, unlawful and discriminatory: civil liberties and race relations groups slam Met’s plan for controversial facial recognition technology at Notting Hill Carnival

16 August 2017

Civil liberties and race relations groups have demanded the Metropolitan Police Service abandon plans to deploy cameras equipped with facial recognition technology at this month’s Notting Hill Carnival.

The coalition – which includes Liberty, Privacy International, StopWatch and Black Lives Matter – has written to the Met, warning that scanning the faces of thousands of attendees and capturing their images has no basis in law, could lead to discriminatory policing, and represents a gross violation of carnival-goers’ privacy.

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Discrimination, plain and simple: Liberty intervenes in case of couple fighting for legal recognition of humanist weddings in Northern Ireland

11 August 2017

Human rights group Liberty has intervened in the case of a couple fighting for humanist weddings to be legally recognised in Northern Ireland.

Model Laura Lacole and her husband, Leeds United footballer Eunan O’Kane, married in June after winning the right to have their humanist wedding recognised by law.

Their victory in the High Court in Belfast put humanist ceremonies on an equal footing with religious and civil services.

But the Attorney General for Northern Ireland and the Department of Finance have appealed against the High Court’s decision.

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Charities demand compensation for sexually abused children

18 July 2017

Sexually exploited children are being refused compensation by a Government agency on the grounds they ‘consented’ to their abuse, reveals a charity coalition.

Their findings out today show child sexual abuse victims as young as 12 are being denied compensation by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA), even if their attackers have been jailed.

The charity coalition, which includes Barnardo’s, Victim Support and Liberty, has written to the Justice Secretary David Lidington, demanding the government urgently reviews CICA’s guidelines.

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