“An unacceptably high risk of unfairness.” So said Mr Justice Ouseley of the Detained Fast Track (DFT) system in a High Court judgment handed down today. Liberty has long railed against a system which strips people of basic fair trial protections and denies them their liberty for administrative convenience.
Today our client, mother-of-three Eileen Clark, will be put on a plane by police officers at London Heathrow and extradited to the US – where the husband she fled almost 20 years ago waits to face her in court.
Diversity - an English street dance troupe best known for winning Britain's Got Talent in 2009, famously beating singer Susan Boyle in the final. Or so Google tells me. But what does diversity mean to you? This week, we’ve had the privilege of working with two fantastic new initiatives aimed at encouraging more diversity in two very different fields.
Tomorrow is Armed Forces Day. Events will be held across the country to raise awareness of the contributions of our service men and women and to enable communities and businesses alike to show their support for our troops.
At almost 800 years old, Magna Carta is one of the earliest milestones in the history of UK rights and freedoms. First issued in 1215, then redrafted in 1297, many aspects of the document appear obscure and of a different time.
It’s gratifying, if somewhat baffling, that politicians so willing to denounce our Human Rights Act have built much of their legislative agenda for the coming year – announced in today’s Queen’s Speech – on some of the Act’s greatest achievements.
“Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it”, so the saying goes. If there’s a “quote of the day” calendar lying around at the Home Office, let’s hope that particular adage turns up soon. As long ago as 2008, the department was warned – by its own experts – that specialist training needed to be developed for restraining detainees on aircraft. It did nothing. Then, in 2010, Jimmy Mubenga died while being restrained by G4S guards on a flight to Angola. Again, the Home Office response was slow, defensive and inadequate.
It may be hard to believe, but it’s been nearly a year since whistleblower Edward Snowden lifted the lid on the NSA and GCHQ’s breathtaking blanket surveillance. To mark the anniversary, the Don’t Spy On Us coalition – which Liberty is a member of – invites you to join the fight against out-of-control snooping at the biggest privacy event of the year.