Campaigning

Campaigning

since 1934

Current campaigns...

Save Our Human Rights Act

We’ve already got a “British Bill of Rights” – it’s called our Human Rights Act. Help us save it.

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""Which of these rights, I ask, would we wish to discard? Are any of them trivial, superfluous, unnecessary? Are any of them un-British?""
Lord Bingham

No Snoopers' Charter

Would you let a stranger into your phone? We need targeted, not total surveillance.

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""The amount of control you have over somebody if you can monitor internet activity is amazing. You get to know more intimate details about their life than any person they talk to.""
Tim Berners-Lee

Immigration Bill

End discriminatory practices that threaten equality and race relations

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"“A package of proposals so clumsy, counter-productive and divisive that they risk tearing social cohesion to shreds.”"
Rachel Robinson, Liberty

Public Space Protection Orders

Councils should be helping the vulnerable - not slapping them with criminal records and unpayable fines

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""PSPOs criminalise both the most vulnerable and those exercising their democratic right to protest. We urge any Councils considering such Orders to think again.""
Rosie Brighouse, Liberty

Military Justice

Military Justice is Liberty’s campaign to protect and uphold the human rights of those in our Armed Forces.

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""Whether soldier or civilian, your fundamental rights and freedoms deserve the same protection.""
Emma Norton, Liberty

Policing and Crime Bill

Changes must go further, and chilling new powers threatening division and abuse prevented

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""This divisive Bill could send us sleepwalking towards politicised complaint handling, endless criminal investigations and severe breaches of our international obligations.”"
Sara Ogilvie, Liberty

Other campaigns

Help End Modern Slavery

The scandal of modern slavery continues in the UK - help us end it once and for all

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“Policy changes have unintentionally strengthened the hand of the slave master against the victim of slavery.”
Draft Modern Slavery Bill Joint Committee

Trade Union Bill

We owe so many of our employment protections to Trade Union members and we join them in opposing this bill.

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""Forcing dissenters to wear armbands? Forcing them to register with the police? Has this government no history?""
Shami Chakrabarti

Justice Within Reach

Access to justice should be equal, open and fair.

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"Justice has to be equal and open for all. We must oppose the Government's proposals with every breath we have."
James Welch, Legal Director
Liberty Legal Director

Protest

The right to protest is a vital part of our democracy, and Liberty will continue campaigning to protect it.

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"While the police play an important role in ensuring that demonstrations remain peaceful, they need to avoid action that will have a chilling effect on the right to protest."
James Welch, Legal Director

Asylum

Rights and freedoms belong to immigrants and those seeking asylum as much as to British citizens.

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“1000 parliamentary candidates have said loud and proud that they respect the importance of refugee protection."
Shami Chakrabarti

No Torture No Compromise

There is no room for compromise on the question of torture.

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"The right not to face inhuman treatment or torture is one of the few absolute freedoms."
Isabella Sankey

Buzz Off

BUZZ OFF is a joint campaign to ban the Mosquito ‘youth deterrent’ device.

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“What type of society uses a low-level sonic weapon on its children?"
Shami Chakrabarti

Unsafe Unfair

Unsafe, unfair counter-terror proposals are no substitute for our system of evidence, arrest, charge and conviction

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"I was cleared of my "crime" – but not before I'd lost two years of my life in a netherworld of prisons, police, tags and harassment."
Cerie Bullivant
Spent two years under a control order before being completely exonerated

Extradition Watch

Extradition Watch is our campaign for fairer extradition laws.

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"An automatic appeal right against extradition is essential. It has prevented past injustice and it must not be lost."
Isabella Sankey
Policy Director, Liberty

Past campaigns

Freedom of Information Act

The Freedom of Information Act enhances the UK’s democratic system, it must be protected

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"The Freedom of Information Act has enhanced the UK’s democratic system and made our public bodies more open, accountable and transparent."
Sir Alan Beith MP, Chairman of the Justice Committee

Judicial Review

Judicial Review - offering hope of justice to people when the powerful behave outside the law

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“That’s what it’s there for: to make Ministers annoyed enough to do the right thing… it made me a better and fairer Minister”.
Conservative peer Lord Deben

Statelessness

Help us stop the Government from passing a new law which could leave British nationals stateless.

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"It cannot be a proper response to the terrorist threat to refuse to deal with it ourselves."
The late Lord Kingsland, Conservative Shadow Lord Chancellor 2002

Charge or release

Charge or Release was Liberty's succesful campaign against plans to extend pre-charge detention to 42 days.

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"The case for 42 days has first crumbled and then collapsed.”
David Davis MP

No Snoopers' Charter - Stop Comms Data Bill

Campaigning for an end to blanket surveillance of the entire population.

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"The amount of control you have over somebody if you can monitor internet activity is amazing. You get to know more intimate details about their life than any person they talk to."
Tim Berners-Lee

Lawrence Amendment

Liberty is calling for prior judicial approval of all police use of undercover cops.

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"I would urge all Liberty members to email their MP to support the amendment ahead of the next stage of parliamentary debate."
Doreen Lawrence OBE

Immigration Act 2014

In 2014 we campaigned to amend the irresponsible and unworkable Immigration Act

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“The Home Office should look in the mirror and fix its own blundering instead of farming out immigration control to landlords and bank managers."
Bella Sankey, Policy Director

A Decent Proposal

Full equality in marriage.

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"Marriage is a significant celebration of love and commitment – one that should be open to everyone, irrespective of sexuality."
Isabella Sankey
Director of Policy, Liberty

For Their Eyes Only

The Justice and Security Act will make drastic changes to our system of justice and fair trials.

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“It is wrong in principle, and will not deliver justice."
Philippe Sands QC

Soup run

Our successful campaign to stop Westminster City Council criminalising the giving of free food to the homeless.

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“Credit to Westminster Council for responding to public concern in such a positive way and dropping such a harsh and ill-judged proposal."
Sabina Frediani, Campaigns Coordinator

Keep Politics Out of Policing

An independent police force is a crucial ingredient of a healthy democracy. Keep politics out of policing.

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“Independent policing is as vital as an independent judiciary and Chief Constables should be above party politics not subordinate to it."
Isabella Sankey

Privacy Matters

Everyone has the right to respect for his of her private and family life, home and correspondence.

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“After 50 minutes of really quite rigorous questioning, we were told we’d been under surveillance.”
Jenny Paton

Liberty campaigns to protect basic rights and freedoms through the courts, in Parliament and in the wider community. We do this through a combination of public campaigning, test case litigation, parliamentary work, policy analysis and the provision of free advice and information.