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A free press is the beating heart of our democracy – don't let the Government stifle it

Yesterday Reporters Without Borders (RSF) published its annual World Press Freedom Index.

It made for grim reading. The UK is down two more places in the rankings, having slipped 12 over the past five years.

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#StopSharing patient information

Today we join Doctors of the World in calling for the Government to #StopSharing patients’ data with the Home Office.

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Every manifesto must commit to human rights

So there it is – a General Election on Thursday 8 June.

As manifestos are frantically drawn up, Liberty calls on all political parties to take this chance to take a stand for the principles and laws that protect the rights of ordinary people across the UK, day in, day out.

We urge them to commit to protecting our Human Rights Act and maintaining our membership of the European Convention on Human Rights.

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Bullying and discrimination persist in the Armed Forces – the MoD must act

Last week, the Service Complaints Ombudsman Nicola Williams published her first annual report.

It covers her first year in charge of the new Service Complaints Ombudsman for the Armed Forces (SCOAF) – and it paints a worrying picture of the bullying and discrimination still a very serious problem within our military. 

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A Hostile Environment for the Homeless

For years, the Government has been extending immigration control into every aspect of UK life, turning teachers, bankers and landlords into border guards in a bid to create a hostile

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The Government’s oppressive “rape clause” is inhuman and degrading – it must be scrapped

The Government has unveiled regulations requiring women to prove they have been raped in order to claim child tax credits for more than two children.

The so-called “rape exemption” is among regulations that will come into force tomorrow.

If the exemption does not apply, a family will only be able to claim tax credit for up to two children.

The new rules were laid before Parliament on 15 March 2017 – just three weeks ago. They have not been subjected to any scrutiny.

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Home Office to trial pioneering new Border Schools

This week – beneath the Brexit headlines –  the Home Office and Department for Education (DfE) quietly announced that the first of their pioneering ‘Border Schools’ will be up and running for the summer term.

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Sacrificing our rights is a surrender of the values terrorists seek to destroy

Last week’s terrorist attack was horrifying. From our office in Westminster, the sudden sound of sirens, racing police cars and then helicopters was chilling. As news came in of the lives lost, London was stunned to a sort of silence.

But the aftermath is characterised by the solidarity and British resilience we rely on for national healing.

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Brexit’s begun – and so has the fight to keep our rights

So Article 50 has been triggered – Brexit has officially begun.

I recently joined Liberty as an expert in EU law to conduct in-depth research into what Brexit could mean for human rights. With the white paper on the Great Repeal Bill landing tomorrow, I’ve got my work cut out.

This is the biggest shake-up of our laws in generations, and everyone from business leaders and environmentalists to local councils and hospitals quite rightly want to have their say.

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Where there is division, we build bridges

It is the end of a shocking and sad week. Wednesday’s senseless attack has left us all bereft, and our hearts go out to the victims and their loved ones.

The assault on our Parliament comes so soon after the murder of Jo Cox MP. These attacks are not about politics or faith. They are about fear and violence.

But – as the selfless actions of so many people showed on Wednesday – where we see one man’s cruelty, we remember our kindness.

When we are fearful, we find our courage. When we face injustice, we reach for fairness. Where there is division, we build bridges. 

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