Liberty client John Walker’s landmark legal battle to secure equal pension benefits for his husband and dramatically alter the landscape of LGBT rights in the UK reaches the Supreme Court tomorrow (8 March).
In a huge victory for children's rights campaigners Together for Children, a coalition of groups including Liberty, the Government is understood to have agreed to drop its plans to allow councils to exempt themselvesfrom almost any duty imposed by children’s legislation passed in the last 80 years.
The House of Lords tonight voted by a majority of 102 for an amendment to the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill which would guarantee the rights of EU citizens to remain in the UK after Brexit.
Responding to the Government's defeat, Bella Sankey, Policy Director at Liberty, said: "Credit to the House of Lords tonight, as Peers of all political stripes and none stood on principle to protect the rights of EU nationals and their families.
Liberty has called on the Ministry of Defence to drop plans to prevent servicemen and women from suing it for negligence, branding them “nakedly self-serving” in its response to the Government’s consultation on the measures.
Proposals for a new compensation scheme would bar soldiers and their families from seeking justice in an independent court when they or their loved ones suffer injury or death, meaning serious negligence or failings on the MoD’s part would never be brought to light.
Liberty has today issued a landmark legal challenge against the Government’s extreme mass surveillance regime, setting in motion a judicial review of the Investigatory Powers Act.
Liberty is challenging the unprecedented “bulk” surveillance powers contained in the Act – which lets the state monitor everybody’s web history and email, text and phone records, and hack computers, phones and tablets on an industrial scale.
A group of 48 organisations including Liberty, UNICEF and the Refugee Council has demanded the Government urgently strengthen oversight of a new detention unit for migrant families – after G4S was handed the contract to run it.
The Refugee Children’s Consortium called the Home Office’s decision to award the contract to the infamous global security firm “deeply troubling”.
The Law Commission has proposed that the maximum prison sentence for whistleblowers should be raised and the definition of espionage should be expanded to include obtaining sensitive information, as well as passing it on - and has claimed that groups including Liberty were consulted on the plans.
Martha Spurrier, Director of Liberty, said: “It’s disturbing that the Law Commission considers a single meeting adequate consultation to inform such drastic and dangerous proposals. We don’t – and we will be submitting a thorough response to the public consultation.
Responding to the news that MPs tonight rejected an amendment to the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill which would have secured the rights of EU citizens to remain in the UK, Liberty Director Martha Spurrier said:
"MPs across the country have left thousands of their constituents in limbo tonight - but people's rights should never have come down to a vote.