Liberty's Director pays tribute to the late Lord Bingham
18 September 2010
- Communications Officer
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."
"Tom Bingham was the perfect combination of intellect, integrity, humanity and humility- a very private man who became such a towering figure in legal and public life. His achievements are numerous but I will never forget his 2009 speech to Liberty's conference in defence of the Human Rights Act:
"Which of these rights, I ask, would we wish to discard? Are any of them trivial, superfluous, unnecessary? Are any of them unBritish? There may be those who would like to live in a country where these rights are not protected but I am not of their number."
As long as people anywhere fight torture and slavery; treasure free speech, fair trials, personal privacy and liberty itself - Lord Bingham will be remembered."
- My Legal Hero: Lord Bingham of Cornhill In this article for the Guardian Law section Liberty's Director explains why Lord Bingham is her legal hero, August 2010
- Common Values Conference: Lord Bingham Keynote Read the keynote address given by Lord Bingham at Liberty's Common Values Conference, June 2009 (PDF)