Press release archive

Liberty responds to Government apology for treatment of Abdel Hakim Belhaj

10 May 2018

The Government has issued a formal apology to Abdel Hakim Belhaj and his wife, Fatima Boudchar, for the UK's role in their abduction and rendition to Libya in 2004. Mr Belhaj was tortured and detained in Libya for six years.

Martha Spurrier, Director of Liberty, said: “The Government’s unreserved apology for the unimaginable suffering Mr Belhaj and Ms Boudchar have endured is welcome. Justice was delayed, but at least it hasn’t been denied.

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Government suspends migrant data-sharing deal between NHS and Home Office

10 May 2018

The Government has announced that it is suspending the memorandum of understanding that allows NHS Digital to share patients’ data with the Home Office for immigration enforcement purposes, after months of campaigning by organisations including Liberty, Migrants' Rights Network, National AIDS Trust and Doctors of the World.

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Liberty wins first battle in landmark challenge to mass surveillance powers in the Investigatory Powers Act

27 April 2018

In a landmark victory for privacy rights, the High Court has today ruled part of the Government’s flagship surveillance law, the Investigatory Powers Act, is unlawful – following a legal challenge from human rights campaigning organisation Liberty.

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A huge victory for human rights and common sense - Peers vote to keep EU Charter of Fundamental Rights

23 April 2018

Thie evening the House of Lords voted by a majority of 71 to keep the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights after the UK leaves the European Union. Following the vote, Martha Spurrier, Director of Liberty, said:

“This is a huge victory for human rights and common sense. The Lords have sent a clear message to the Government – you can’t use Brexit to take away people’s rights.

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Campaigners and MPs demand urgent reform as child sexual abuse victims are refused compensation

17 April 2018

Liberty, Barnardo’s, Victim Support, Rape Crisis, National Working Group, Labour MP Sarah Champion and Conservative MP Iain Stewart have written to Justice Secretary David Gauke demanding an urgent overhaul of the scheme governing compensation for victims of crime.

The Ministry of Justice has a statutory duty to compensate blameless victims of violent crime through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme (CICS).

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Department for Education ENDS collection of children's nationality and country of birth data

09 April 2018

Today, after months of campaigning by Against Borders for Children, Liberty and others, the Department for Education has confirmed it is ending the unnecessary and divisive collection of children's nationality and country of birth data. 

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Leading campaigning organisations publish ‘how-to’ guide to help public, parliamentarians and civil servants bring down Government’s discriminatory hostile environment policies

09 April 2018

Human rights groups have today published a report laying bare the extent to which the Government’s “hostile environment” policies have infiltrated all areas of UK life – and giving the public, parliamentarians and civil servants advice on how to bring them down.

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People vs Snoopers’ Charter: High Court to hear first part of Liberty’s landmark challenge to mass surveillance powers in the Investigatory Powers Act

26 February 2018

The High Court will tomorrow hear the first part of Liberty’s landmark legal challenge to the Government’s flagship surveillance law, the Investigatory Powers Act.

The challenge has been funded by donations from members of the public, who gave more than £50,000.

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Supreme Court rules Metropolitan Police DID breach victims’ human rights by failing to properly investigate John Worboys’ crimes

21 February 2018

The Supreme Court has today ruled that the Metropolitan Police did breach the human rights of John Worboys’ victims by failing to properly investigate reports of his crimes – after a four-year fight for justice by two of the women he attacked.

The women – known as DSD and NBV – were raped by John Worboys in 2003 and 2007. When they reported the attacks, police did not believe them. Worboys was able to continue attacking women until 2009.

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"The time to act is now": Religious leaders call on Home Secretary to put a time limit on immigration detention in post-Brexit law

14 February 2018

Senior representatives of the Church of England, Catholic Church, Muslim Council of Britain, Hindu Council, Sikh Federation, Reform Judaism and others have urged the Government to include a 28-day limit on in the forthcoming bill, which will establish the UK’s post-Brexit immigration system.

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