Brexit: the final countdown

With exactly a year until Brexit and negotiations on the UK’s future relationship with the European Union starting to heat up, we’re looking ahead to the Withdrawal Agreement. This is the divorce settlement, determining who gets what and how – for the sake of the kids – each party should behave in the future.

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Thirty cross-party MEPs urge David Davis to keep Charter of Fundamental Rights

16 January 2018

Thirty cross-party Members of the European Parliament have signed an open letter to David Davis, warning that scrapping the Charter of Fundamental Rights could endanger the UK’s future relationship with the EU.

The letter stresses that MEPs will be closely involved in discussions over the future relationship between the UK and the EU, and that they will push to ensure that any future agreement protects human rights as set out in the Charter. This will also be taken into consideration when MEPs come to vote on the final withdrawal agreement.

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A clear message to our Government: your Snoopers' Charter will breach British people’s fundamental rights

Advocate General Saugmandsgaard Øe has delivered a forceful opinion which should cause the Government to seriously consider revising the Investigatory Powers Bill currently before Parliament – or face the prospect of further legal challenges.

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Government appeals High Court judgment that ruled DRIPA surveillance legislation unlawful

22 October 2015

The Government’s appeal against a High Court judgment that ruled its surveillance legislation unlawful will be heard today and tomorrow (22 and 23 October). The Government is challenging the July 2015 ruling, which upheld a challenge to the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act (DRIPA) brought by MPs David Davis and Tom Watson, represented by Liberty. 

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Blanket surveillance - everything you need to know

Today, in a victory for the battle against blanket surveillance, the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) has ruled that GCHQ – the UK’s eavesdropping agency – has unlawfully intercepted and accessed the private communications of human rights groups.

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High Court to hear Liberty’s legal challenge to Government’s “emergency” surveillance law

03 June 2015

Liberty’s legal challenge to the Government’s surveillance law, on behalf of MPs David Davis and Tom Watson, will be heard by the High Court on Thursday 4 and Friday 5 June.

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Secrets out

In a scene reminiscent of the campaign against 42-day pre-charge detention under the last Government, parliamentarians from across the spectrum, lawyers, journalists and our sister NGOs met to discuss the terrifying Secret Justice Green Paper yesterday afternoon.

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The Empire Strikes Back

The worst excesses of the War on Terror were revealed by open courts and a free media. Now the Empire strikes back and the Secret Justice Green Paper brought to us from the pen of the security agencies seeks to put the State above the law and hobble press and public scrutiny.

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A nasty taste

You don’t have to be of any particular political persuasion to be incapable of digesting Westminster Council’s unpalatable plan to criminalise free food for the homeless. Whether you’re blue, red or yellow, the plan stinks. It is completely unacceptable; a vindictive, draconian scheme that’s rotten to the core.

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Liberty Human Rights Awards 2010

Liberty’s new-look Human Rights Awards held last night were a massive success. Lawyers and journalists rubbed shoulders with campaigners and politicians at the Southbank event, compered by Rory Bremner - who had the crowd in stitches throughout the evening.

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