Another depressing attack

This weekend the Home Secretary launched another disappointing attack on our judiciary and human rights law – accusing immigration judges of ignoring Parliament when making decisions in immigration cases.

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My HRA: Janet Alder

Last week we blogged about the Home Affairs Select Committee’s scathing report on the Independent Police Complaints Commission, which painted a bleak picture of an overwhelmed body incapable of delivering the necessary scrutiny – not least of deaths in custody.

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My HRA: Janis Sharp

Yesterday the Government proved to be all talk and no action on extradition. Ministers unveiled a series of reforms which would hand judges very little discretion to bar extradition and – worse still – actually remove the Home Secretary’s ability to halt removals on human rights grounds.

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A Bill for religious freedom and true equality

Today the Government published its much-talked-about Bill to legalise same-sex civil marriage and same-sex marriage in places of worship. Culture Secretary Maria Miller, who introduced the legislation, said it will ensure “equal and fair” treatment of gay couples while maintaining the right to religious freedom by ensuring religious institutions that don’t wish to hold such ceremonies are not required to do so.

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My HRA: Diane Blood

This week, the latest in our blog series on our new short films showcasing the importance of the Human Rights Act focuses on mother-of-two Diane Blood. Her sons were born in miraculous circumstances after her husband’s death. When it came to getting him legally recognised as the boys’ father, the HRA came to the rescue.

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Prisoner voting and the Rule of Law

Today Justice Secretary Chris Grayling presented draft legislation on prisoner voting to the House of Commons. The long-running debate in Parliament rumbles on concerning a European Court of Human Rights ruling that the UK’s existing blanket ban is unlawful. The deadline for complying with the judgment passes tomorrow.

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Universal Children's Day

Today is Universal Children's Day and Liberty salutes young people everywhere. We remember how vulnerable and disempowered a child can feel whether her parents are privileged but preoccupied or whether to all intents and purposes she has no parent or her parent is the State.

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Home Secretary accepts it was the Human Rights Act that saved Gary

The Home Office has today admitted that it was only the Human Rights Act which prevented Gary McKinnon’s unfair extradition. See the full text from their letter to Gary’s legal team below:

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Liberty at the Conservative Party Conference

Despite a blond, Olympotastic and re-elected rival, last night’s turnout at Liberty’s Tory fringe was excellent. Introducing the fringe panel, Shami reminded the crowd of the many principled stands taken by the Tories in Opposition - on 90 days pre-charge detention, ID cards, innocents’ DNA retention and more. But it’s important to remember those values in Government, she urged: “Because no matter who you vote for it’s the Government that gets in”. In a thinly-veiled reference to the campaign by the Security Services for audacious secret courts and State snooping, Shami reminded the room that governing is a complicated matter with pressures coming from all sides.

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Liberty at the Labour Party Conference

Welcoming a huge crowd of delegates to Liberty’s 2012 Labour fringe, Shami reminded the audience that Labour was the party of the hunger marchers, non discrimination law, and - to spontaneous applause - the Human Rights Act. Is there “Equality under the Law?” in 2012 she asked our panellists. And in front of packed a room in the Midland Hotel the panel gave their answers citing secret courts, legal aid cuts, Government surveillance plans and blacklisting of construction workers as threats and scandals that must be challenged.

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