International Women's Day 2013

Today is International Women’s Day (IWD) – a day for recognising and honouring the struggle for equality of women across the world, both now and throughout history.

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My HRA: Richard and Gillian Rabone

Given the most recent attacks on our post-war human rights framework, it’s fitting that this week marks the final instalment in our Common Values blog series showcasing the importance of the Human Rights Act. Today we focus on Richard and Gillian Rabone, who turned to the legislation after daughter Melanie committed suicide after being negligently allowed to leave hospital.

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My HRA: Verna Bryant

Today’s entry in our Common Values blog series on our new short films, showcasing the importance of the Human Rights Act, focuses on Liberty client Verna Bryant. Her daughter, mother-of-one Naomi, was killed by convicted sex offender Anthony Rice while he was on licence from prison in 2005.

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My HRA: Jenny Paton

Of all our Human Rights Act’s fundamental freedoms, none attracts controversy like Article 8 – the right to a private and family life. Barely a day passes without it being demonised. Only a week ago the Home Secretary launched another attack on the judiciary’s handling of Article 8 in immigration cases.

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My HRA: Janet Alder

Last week we blogged about the Home Affairs Select Committee’s scathing report on the Independent Police Complaints Commission, which painted a bleak picture of an overwhelmed body incapable of delivering the necessary scrutiny – not least of deaths in custody.

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My HRA: Rachael Cox

It’s been a busy week for CRB checks, with the Court of Appeal ruling that automatic disclosure of all convictions and cautions is incompatible with the Human Rights Act. So today, the latest blog on our new series of Common Values films features mother-of-five Rachael Cox, whose life was blighted by the CRB system.

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My HRA: Nicholas Mercer

Last week we began our latest blog series on the Liberty website, to promote our new short films which highlight the importance of the Human Rights Act. The videos, launched as part of our Common Values campaign, focus on the stories of people from all walks of life who’ve seen the benefit of the legislation’s vital protections. This second instalment deals with the experiences of Nicholas Mercer.

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>Human Rights: What Have They Ever Done For You?

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Liberty's take on how the Human Rights Act has helped everyday people to gain justice.

The Great Bill of Rights Commission Shambles

18 December 2012

Another chapter in Coalition rows over Constitutional reform ended today with the conclusion of its 18-month commission on a British Bill of Rights. The final report exposed deep divisions. Labour Peer and leading civil liberties lawyer Baroness Helena Kennedy of the Shaws QC and Lib Dem International Law Professor Philippe Sands QC produced a minority dissent defending the Human Rights Act and European Convention on Human Rights.

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International Human Rights Day

Today marks International Human Rights Day, an annual celebration of the landmark day the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was created on 10 December 1948. It was a hugely significant event, taking place in the wake of the atrocities of World War II when 50 nations put aside their differences and came together to pledge to uphold certain rights which would be afforded to all human beings, regardless of race, sex, religion or political views.

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