‘It's like hell in here’: detainees challenge inhumane conditions in Brook House detention centre

Patrick Page from Duncan Lewis solicitors blogs for Liberty on their legal challenge to the conditions in immigration detention – which reaches the High Court next week.

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Sean Benton's case exposes Government plans to abandon human rights as nakedly self-serving

Today is a momentous day for the family of Private Sean Benton, who died at Deepcut barracks in 1995.

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Every manifesto must commit to human rights

So there it is – a General Election on Thursday 8 June.

As manifestos are frantically drawn up, Liberty calls on all political parties to take this chance to take a stand for the principles and laws that protect the rights of ordinary people across the UK, day in, day out.

We urge them to commit to protecting our Human Rights Act and maintaining our membership of the European Convention on Human Rights.

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Holocaust Memorial Day: Don't Stand By

The unimaginable horror of the Holocaust did not start overnight. What ended with the stain on humanity that was the murder of millions in concentration camps began with gradual infringements on the rights of minorities.

The vast majority, at first, were not affected by clampdowns on the basic freedoms of their neighbours. And so, whether out of selfishness, spite, ignorance or fear, the vast majority stood by. When the reality of Nazism revealed itself, those opposed had lost too much freedom to act.

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Liberty: Bedroom tax breaches right to family life

21 March 2013

Today Liberty announced it will seek Judicial Review of the Government’s controversial new “bedroom tax” policy based on the impact on separated families with shared custody of children. The announcement comes days before the High Court is due to rule whether a challenge based on the effect on disabled people should be allowed to proceed.

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Holocaust Memorial Day 2013

Yesterday was Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) 2013 – a day to remember all of those who died and suffered, not just during the Holocaust under Nazi persecution but in later genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. Both yesterday and today, hundreds of HMD activities are taking place across Britain to remember the atrocities – and consider how individuals and communities can challenge ongoing hatred and discrimination.

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A Bill for religious freedom and true equality

Today the Government published its much-talked-about Bill to legalise same-sex civil marriage and same-sex marriage in places of worship. Culture Secretary Maria Miller, who introduced the legislation, said it will ensure “equal and fair” treatment of gay couples while maintaining the right to religious freedom by ensuring religious institutions that don’t wish to hold such ceremonies are not required to do so.

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Court of Human Rights delivers common-sense judgment on religious freedom and equal treatment

15 January 2013

Today the European Court of Human Rights recognised that British Airways employee Nadia Eweida was discriminated at work because of her faith. But the Court also rightly maintained that staff must not discriminate against others at work by dismissing two other claims.

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My HRA: Patience Asuquo

Towards the end of last year the Commission on a Bill of Rights finally published its findings. The eventual Report exposed deep divisions, with leading civil liberties lawyer Baroness Helena Kennedy of the Shaws QC and Lib Dem international law professor Philippe Sands QC producing a minority dissent defending the Human Rights Act and the European Convention on Human Rights.

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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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