Campaigners given go-ahead to legally challenge Mayor of London over Parliament Square fencing

06 March 2015

Liberty’s client has been granted permission to take the Mayor of London to court over his decision to fence off Parliament Square – preventing peaceful protests by Occupy Democracy from going ahead.

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Let the Games begin again

The eyes of the globe will once again fall upon London today as the fourteenth Paralympic Games gets underway in earnest. It will be the second largest multi-sport celebration ever staged in the United Kingdom – second only to the hugely successful 2012 Olympic Games of just a few weeks ago. The event also marks the return of the Paralympic movement to its birthplace. What humbly began in the British village of Stoke Mandeville back in 1948, with just a handful of Second World War veterans taking part, returns to the capital more than 60 years on as the biggest Paralympics the world has ever seen.

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Police target cyclists during Olympic opening

So the Metropolitan Police used the opening of the Olympics on Friday evening to have another go at Critical Mass, the monthly mass cycle ride around central London. It’s clear that the Met don’t like these slightly chaotic – there are no organisers and no planned route – pro-cycling outings on the last Friday of every month.

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Liberty Director carries the Olympic Flag in opening ceremony of London 2012

27 July 2012

Tonight Shami Chakrabarti, Director of Liberty, participated in the opening ceremony of the London Olympic Games. The head of the campaign group joined human rights activists and athletes from across the globe in carrying the traditional Olympic flag into the stadium.

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Section 44 - 12 years on

During the last decade or so the UK has been the stage for a legislation extravaganza in the name of counter-terrorism and national security. Such laws, often hastily passed and draconian in nature, have been the source of much debate. Twelve years ago today Parliament passed the first in this controversial series of statutes – the Terrorism Act 2000.

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Five actions for the festive season

2011 will go down in history as the year pro-democracy rebellions erupted across the Middle East. The hunger for basic rights and freedoms across the world should remind us all of the ever present need to protect and defend rights at home.

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Protest - Your Rights

The right to peaceful protest – crucial in any free democracy – is a particularly hot topic right now. With the recent student march and the ongoing Occupy London Stock Exchange demonstration, protest is well and truly in the news.

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Smiley Culture protest: powerful but peaceful

Last Saturday saw Liberty’s independent legal observers out in force again, this time at the request of family members of Smiley Culture, the reggae star who died during a police raid on his house in March this year.

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Liberty provides independent monitoring as TUC and Metropolitan Police work together to ensure smooth running of cuts protest

01 March 2011

Liberty returns to its 1930s roots providing legal observers for the TUC march against public spending cuts 

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Inside the Kettle

The student walkout remained peaceful until the police blocked us off at Whitehall. As far as I am aware there was no actual violence until after we had been kettled and all entrances to the street in which we were in were blocked.

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