"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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MPs to consider vital amendments to the Immigration Bill

25 April 2016

MPs could secure crucial reforms which would provide basic protections for vulnerable people when they vote on the Immigration Bill today.

Liberty is campaigning for a number of changes which would inject some much-needed compassion into an otherwise divisive and counter-productive piece of legislation.

The House of Commons will consider a series of amendments made to the Bill by Peers earlier this month. The Lords voted in favour of amendments to:

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Dismantling of the Calais refugee camp: Liberty's response

29 February 2016

“The desperate need of refugees, including unaccompanied children, is being met with bulldozers and water cannon on our country’s doorstep – and our leaders continue to look away. The Government cannot keep relying on geographical accident to justify its moral abdication and avoid its obligations."

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Refugee crisis: How the UK can, and must, do more

The past week has seen a frenzied focus on our continued membership of the EU, with countless column inches and political interventions devoted to competing arguments on security, the economy and national sovereignty. Aside from weighty matters of the national interest, a side-show of party infighting, mud-slinging and personal revelations has provided drama and intrigue of (soap-)operatic proportions.

Humanitarian crisis

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Women asylum seekers choir perform for MPs to raise awareness of 'tragedy' of limitless immigration detention

16 December 2015

The Women Asylum Seekers Together (WAST) Nightingales choir will perform Christmas carols for MPs and peers in Parliament today (Wednesday 16 December) – to raise awareness of the urgent need for an end to unlimited immigration detention.

The event – hosted by Liberty Director Shami Chakrabarti and Conservative, Labour, SNP and Liberal Democrat politicians – will see MPs unite in support of a time limit on immigration detention.

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Immigration Bill: We must now turn to the Lords to uphold our proud tradition of liberty

During Report stage consideration of the Immigration Bill yesterday, the Commons debated issues which go to the heart of our national conscience. How do we treat those in desperate need, including children? What is the minimum of dignity and respect that our country should afford to everyone within our borders? How do we uphold fair play, compassion and the British sense of justice?

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Human rights in the headlines - 16 October 2015

So that’s it. The promenades of Bournemouth and Brighton are once again the domain of holiday-makers, dog-walkers and gargantuan seagulls. Manchester’s Piccadilly Gardens has recovered from the memorable scenes of a fortnight ago. Parliament’s party conference recess is over for another year. 

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Voices from across the Commons unite in opposition to deeply unfair Immigration Bill

Yesterday’s debate on the Government’s counter-productive and divisive Immigration Bill was dominated by powerful opposition from across the House. 

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Help us stop the Government from passing a new law which could leave British nationals stateless.

Lords reject statelessness power

Last night, quietly and without fanfare, the Lords delivered a victory for all who believe in democracy and human rights. In a late amendment to the Immigration Bill, the Government tried to push through a provision which would have seen British nationals deprived of citizenship by the Home Secretary, even if this would make them stateless.

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