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Campaigning

since 1934

Current campaigns...

Keep Britain Kind

Join our fight to put human rights at the heart of UK politics

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"Our democracy gives us the tools to keep Britain kind, fair and free. By coming together, keeping watch and speaking out, we can use them to put compassion back into politics."
Martha Spurrier, Director of Liberty

Back the People's Clause

Tell MPs to put a binding promise in the Repeal Bill so our rights don’t go anywhere after Brexit

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"Every MP owes it to the people they represent to back the People’s Clause and stand up for rights that so many of us have fought long and hard for."
John Walker

Fight Government Discrimination

Say ‘NO’ to laws that discriminate, spread hate and divide our communities

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"The Government claims it’s creating a ‘hostile environment’ for illegal immigrants – but, in building a border on every street, they’re dividing whole communities and making life more difficult for us all."
Rosie Brighouse, Legal Officer

Boycott School Census

Campaigning against border control in our classrooms

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"This is a secret government programme that turns the Department for Education into a border control force."
Martha Spurrier, Director of Liberty

End Counterproductive Counter-terror

Join our call for an independent review to overhaul the failed Prevent programme

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"The Government strategy is a form of regulation “likely to provoke what they seek to prevent”"
Baroness O’Neill of Bengarve

Soldiers' Rights

Protecting our Armed Forces at home and abroad

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"“Our troops need human rights protections just as much as everyone else – we must not let politicians scrap legislation that has proved so crucial for so many people.” "
Des James

The People vs The Snoopers' Charter

The Snoopers' Charter is unlawful. We’re taking the Government to court and we need your help.

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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

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

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

Other campaigns

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

Protect Refugee Children

Time for action - the UK Government must deliver on its refugee children commitment now

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""Make a beeline to your local authority and urge them to accept child refugees.""
Lord Dubs

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

Access to Justice

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 and Immigration

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

Prohibition on Torture

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

Counter-extremism

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

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

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

Trade Union Act 2016

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

Immigration Act 2016

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

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.