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Liberty at the SNP Party Conference: Human Rights in Government and Opposition

Last Friday we headed to Glasgow for Liberty’s final event of the party conference season. Journalist Libby Brooks hosted a panel discussion between our Director Martha Spurrier and a number of SNP representatives from Westminster and Holyrood – Joanna Cherry MP, Cabinet Secretary for Justice and MSP Michael Matheson and Anne McLaughlin MP.

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Mark Scott: Buck-passing and shoulder-shrugging on relocation of refugee children must end

Mark Scott, Partner at Bhatt Murphy Solicitors and nominee for Liberty Lawyer of the Year, writes about one of his recent cases arising from the unaccompanied children stuck in the camp at Calais.

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Refugee Children: Dubs or Dublin?

You may have heard the news that a small number of children have arrived in the UK from the Calais refugee camp.

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Defending the rights of others against all odds: Liberty Human Rights Awards 2016 shortlist announced

Our annual Human Rights Awards are a mere two weeks away, and today we are delighted to announce the 2016 shortlist. As ever, it gives us reasons to be hopeful - bringing together fearless young activists, ground-breaking lawyers and pioneering grassroots campaigners.

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National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2016: We stand together to reject the politics of hate

“So this is how liberty dies – with thunderous applause.”

So read a tweet from one of our members – channelling Padmé Amidala of Star Wars fame – in the midst of a dark period in British politics, which has contributed to a shocking and enduring spike in hate crime in our communities.

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Liberty at the Tory Party Conference: Human Rights and Conservative Government

At a Tory Party conference where ministerial speeches were dominated by well-choreographed xenophobic vitriol, our fringe event on Tuesday – co-hosted with Bright Blue – provided an oasis where liberal conservatism could find expression.

The Directors of both organisations were joined on our panel by three influential committee chairs – Dominic Grieve QC of the Intelligence and Security Committee, Maria Miller of the Women and Equalities Committee and Crispin Blunt of the Foreign Affairs Committee.

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Liberty at the Labour Conference: Human Rights - Unifying Values

Conference season continues apace, and Liberty is hosting several fringe events.

With the Liberal Democrats’ conference over, and Conservative and Scottish National Party events to come, we headed to Liverpool to host our Labour meeting on Monday.

Our Director Martha chaired a vibrant discussion with MPs Chuka Umunna, Emily Thornberry and Richard Burgon.

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Take action against borders in the classroom

It seems the Government’s ambition to extend borders into our communities does not end in our homes – it extends onto our roads, into our hospitals and now into our schools.

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Liberty at the Lib Dem Conference: Shared values in divided times

As the annual party conference season gets under way, Liberty will be busy hosting a number of fringe events. We kicked off on Monday evening with a packed agenda at the Liberal Democrat Conference in Brighton.

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Have you been affected by ‘right to rent’?

The Government’s original ‘right to rent’ scheme was a flagship component of the drive to turn the UK into a ‘hostile environment’. Piloted in 2015, it saw landlords tasked with performing immigration checks on tenants.

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