Lawyers unite against Secret Courts

Opposition to Government plans for Secret Courts is widespread and mounting and today it has spilled over in a damning attack on the proposals by hundreds of Britain’s lawyers, including dozens of leading QCs.

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Another depressing attack

This weekend the Home Secretary launched another disappointing attack on our judiciary and human rights law – accusing immigration judges of ignoring Parliament when making decisions in immigration cases.

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Restoring faith

The scathing findings of the Home Affairs Select Committee report today on the work of the Independent Police Complaints Commission are a damning indictment of an overwhelmed and misfiring body that has completely lost the confidence of the public.

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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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We mustn't green-light this cover-ups toolkit

Top of the spooks’ Christmas list this festive season sits the sinister Justice and Security Bill, which would turn 400 years of common law justice on its head. It’s hard to imagine British officials implicated in torture and rendition finding themselves on Santa Claus’ “nice” list, but nevertheless these odious proposals took another small step towards becoming reality last night.

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Cross-party Committee criticises Government's Snoopers' Charter plans

11 December 2012

Draft Bill pays insufficient attention to privacy and ‘goes much further than it need or should’

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Extradition: Richard O'Dwyer

Sheffield student Richard O'Dwyer, who was facing extradition to the US over copyright infringement allegations, has reached an agreement to avoid removal across the Atlantic.

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Prisoner voting and the Rule of Law

Today Justice Secretary Chris Grayling presented draft legislation on prisoner voting to the House of Commons. The long-running debate in Parliament rumbles on concerning a European Court of Human Rights ruling that the UK’s existing blanket ban is unlawful. The deadline for complying with the judgment passes tomorrow.

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Justice and Security Bill - Lords amend a little but not enough

22 November 2012

Liberty responded to the vote in the House of Lords yesterday evening on the Government’s secret courts proposals.

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Public unconvinced by PCCs

Britain enjoys a long, distinguished tradition of civil libertarian and pro-democracy policing, built upon policing by consent. That proud heritage is under threat as yesterday’s ballot is counted in order to elect 41 new Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) in England and Wales. Voting turnout is heading for a record peacetime low - possibly as low as 15 per cent. This is a clear message for the Government that it has failed to convince the public about this radical new policy.

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