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Liberty and the Europe debate

The House of Commons back-bench Europe debate demonstrates how divisive an issue our relationship with the European Union remains in British politics.

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Fairer pensions for all

Last month the major multi-national company Foster Wheeler Energy Ltd had a change of heart – with a little helping hand from Liberty – regarding the intricacies of its pension policy.

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Article 9: Freedom of religion

Article 9 of the Human Rights Act couldn’t be more British – it protects the fundamentally British liberty of freedom of thought, conscience and religion. People of all faiths must be free to express their beliefs provided they’re not hurting others – and that’s precisely where Article 9 comes in.

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42 days – three years on

It’s exactly three years today since the House of Lords defeated the previous Government’s controversial plans to extend pre-charge detention to 42 days for terror suspects.

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First catflaps, now curfews

The sane counsel and calm logical resolve of all governments is eventually tested by events. Today the Home Office publishes its “Something Must be Done” consultation on public order powers in the wake of the summer of riotous discontent.

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No place for the death penalty

Today is the 9th annual World Day Against the Death Penalty, when people across the globe join forces to raise awareness about the inhumanity of capital punishment. This year the focus is on how cruel, inhuman and degrading a punishment the death penalty is.

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Liberty fringe: Common Values & common sense in Manchester

It was standing room only in the Alexandria Suite at the Midland Hotel, Manchester on Monday night. Welcoming Conservative delegates to Liberty’s 2011 fringe, Shami reminded the audience how those on the panel had come together in recent years to resist some of the worst excesses of authoritarian Government. But, referring to the Home Secretary’s pre-conference strike against the Human Rights Act, she asked the panel whether there was a risk of talking up human rights in the Arab Spring while trashing them in an Indian Summer at home?

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Human rights and handcuffs

Our Human Rights Act has been variously blamed for terrorism, rioting and almost every ill bar global warming. Now the oddities of privatised public services are added to the list.

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Article 14: No discrimination

Race, sex, religion, language, sexual orientation, political opinion - the right to not be discriminated against is surely one of the fundamentals of a civilized society. No longer do B&B’s post signs in their window stating ‘No dogs, no blacks, no Irish’. However, although the UK has made great strides in reducing discrimination over the last fifty years, there is still a long way to go.

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