Press release archive

Human rights organisations win landmark battle against UK mass surveillance

13 September 2018

The European Court of Human Rights has today ruled that UK laws enabling mass surveillance violate the rights to privacy and freedom of expression.

Judges found that:

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Privacy International and Liberty fight to unearth police use of intrusive mobile phone monitoring technology

07 August 2018

Privacy International has today filed an appeal challenging police forces' refusal to disclose information on their purchase and use of IMSI catchers.  

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National police co-ordinating body to be opened up to public scrutiny following Liberty and Privacy International campaign

26 July 2018

The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) will no longer be able to operate in secret after human rights campaign organisations Liberty and Privacy International demanded it be subject to Freedom of Information laws.

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Liberty’s analysis of today’s Shaw Review on immigration detention: “We need urgent action”

24 July 2018

Human rights organisation Liberty is calling on the Government to urgently stop detaining people in immigration removal centres without release dates, after Stephen Shaw’s second review showed that there is still much more work to be done to halt the serious suffering caused by the routine use of indefinite detention.

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Deepcut barracks deaths: Coroner to deliver verdict in Private Sean Benton inquest 23 years after his death

17 July 2018

A Coroner will tomorrow deliver his verdict in a fresh inquest into the death of young army recruit Private Sean Benton, who was found dead at Deepcut barracks in 1995.

His Honour Judge Peter Rook QC will set out his conclusions at Woking Coroner’s Court from 11am. The wide-ranging investigation – which began in January – has considered how Sean died and the wider environment in which he lived at the Surrey camp, and heard evidence from 168 witnesses.

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Trade Bill threatens disabled people’s access to public transport after Brexit, say 20 rights groups

16 July 2018

Disability and human rights campaigners have written to Trade Secretary Liam Fox, warning that ministerial powers in the Trade Bill could be used to remove disabled people’s rights – including access to public transport – after Brexit.

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"An opportunity to reverse decline": Liberty, Amnesty and BIHR respond to government plans to reform Gender Recognition Act

03 July 2018

The UK’s current gender recognition law is out-of-date, dehumanising and in need of urgent reform, Amnesty International UK, Liberty and the British Institute of Human Rights have said today, in a joint statement responding to the launch of a government consultation on reforming the Gender Recognition Act.

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Cardiff man gets go-ahead to bring first UK legal challenge to police use of facial recognition technology on the streets

02 July 2018

A Cardiff resident has been given the go-ahead to start the first legal challenge to a UK police force’s use of automated facial recognition (AFR) technology, in what will be a critical nationwide test of the state’s power to deploy radical biometric surveillance methods.

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Supreme Court to hear landmark case on disproportionate criminal records disclosure scheme

18 June 2018

  • Liberty client “P” is challenging rule making people with more than one conviction – no matter how minor – disclose them forever.
  • P committed two extremely minor offences nearly 20 years ago while suffering from undiagnosed mental illness. P has already won her challenge in the High Court and Court of Appeal.

The Supreme Court will tomorrow hear a landmark challenge to rules requiring anyone with more than one conviction – no matter how minor – to disclose them forever when applying for certain types of work.

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