Liberty responds to Government apology for treatment of Abdel Hakim Belhaj

10 May 2018

The Government has issued a formal apology to Abdel Hakim Belhaj and his wife, Fatima Boudchar, for the UK's role in their abduction and rendition to Libya in 2004. Mr Belhaj was tortured and detained in Libya for six years.

Martha Spurrier, Director of Liberty, said: “The Government’s unreserved apology for the unimaginable suffering Mr Belhaj and Ms Boudchar have endured is welcome. Justice was delayed, but at least it hasn’t been denied.

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Government suspends migrant data-sharing deal between NHS and Home Office

10 May 2018

The Government has announced that it is suspending the memorandum of understanding that allows NHS Digital to share patients’ data with the Home Office for immigration enforcement purposes, after months of campaigning by organisations including Liberty, Migrants' Rights Network, National AIDS Trust and Doctors of the World.

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The Home Office is detaining pregnant women, victims of torture and people with learning difficulties - and they've no idea when they'll be released

In 2017, the Home Office locked up 27,331 people in immigration detention. None of them were given a release date when they arrived in these prison-like centres.

Seven out of 10 were held longer than 28 days, and one person was held for almost five years.

Among them were children, elderly people and survivors of rape, torture and slavery.

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The hostile environment is everywhere – but we can bring it down

The Government’s hostile environment (or, as ministers have since attempted to rebrand it , ‘compliant environment’) policies aim to make life unbearably difficult for undocumented people in order to deter more migrants coming to the UK and to encourage people to leave.

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The Government's latest immigration statistics make the senseless cruelty of our detention system painfully clear

Look closer at the Home Office's quarterly immigration statistics and the senseless cruelty of our immigration detention system becomes painfully clear. 

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Theresa May can't have EU security cooperation unless she brings home our rights protections too

In an attempt to put some “meat on the bones” of her vision for post-Brexit Britain, the Prime Minister used a speech in Munich today to set out how the UK and EU could continue to cooperate in the fight against crime and terrorism.

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The Government is contemplating destroying patient confidentiality in the name of border control

A year ago, a Freedom of Information request by the BBC exposed a secret agreement between the Home Office, the Department of Health and NHS Digital. It revealed that NHS Digital was sharing confidential patient information collected by frontline services with the Home Office on an industrial scale to help it locate and deport undocumented people.

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Thirty cross-party MEPs urge David Davis to keep Charter of Fundamental Rights

16 January 2018

Thirty cross-party Members of the European Parliament have signed an open letter to David Davis, warning that scrapping the Charter of Fundamental Rights could endanger the UK’s future relationship with the EU.

The letter stresses that MEPs will be closely involved in discussions over the future relationship between the UK and the EU, and that they will push to ensure that any future agreement protects human rights as set out in the Charter. This will also be taken into consideration when MEPs come to vote on the final withdrawal agreement.

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If Theresa May wants equality, she must undo her own toxic immigration legacy

Theresa May’s self-styled “hostile environment” has seen police, medical professionals, teachers and private citizens tasked with in-country border control.

And the discriminatory fallout is already becoming clear.

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Liberty condemns Government approach to Grenfell Tower immigration cases and calls for permanent amnesty

10 July 2017

The only way to ensure undocumented survivors can access the help and support they so desperately need is to grant them a permanent amnesty. It is the least this Government can do.

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