10 reasons Liberty is fighting the Legal Aid cuts

The Government is planning on cutting the legal aid system in England and Wales beyond all recognition, in an effort to save £350million from the £2.1billion legal aid budget.

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Message of support for Norway

Like humanity and altruism, it seems that barbarism and bigotry know no borders nor exclusivity to any particular faith, race or nationality.

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Spinning, Hacking and Irony

Some reporting on the Leveson inquiry into journalistic ethics is already producing interesting case studies in....well….journalistic ethics.

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Final push towards Liberty's new home

Liberty has been based in its current office for over 30 years, longer than many staff and volunteers have been alive.

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Keeping the lines open

Earlier this year, Liberty received a flurry of concerned calls from welfare groups and advocates working with people in immigration detention. Without consultation, all detainees at one immigration detention centre, Tinsley House, had their mobile phones confiscated.

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Common Values in Government: Liberty’s event at the Conservative Party conference

We rounded off Liberty's Party conference season last night by thanking our panellists - Attorney General Dominic Grieve and Lord Chancellor Ken Clarke - for a good start on civil liberties since taking office.

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Liberty Director pays tribute to the late Lord Bingham

12 September 2010

In response to the news of the death of Lord Bingham of Cornhill, Liberty's Director Shami Chakrabarti said: "Today lawyers and human rights defenders the world over will mourn this great loss."

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Article 5 Right to liberty

The right to liberty and security protects the right of a person not to be arbitrarily deprived of their liberty.

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