Earlier this year, Liberty received a flurry of concerned calls from welfare groups and advocates working with people in immigration detention. Without consultation, all detainees at one immigration detention centre, Tinsley House, had their mobile phones confiscated.
Earlier this month, British student Andrew Symeou was finally acquitted by a Greek court. After four long years of being accused of manslaughter, the jury took just two-and-a-half hours to find him not guilty.
Liberty was very saddened to hear of the death of Peace Protester and Anti War Campaigner Brian Haw at the weekend. As recent events have shown, it is an essential tool of democracy to be free to express peaceful opposition to the actions of your Government – a vital right we should be proud of and never afraid to exercise.
One of the most important planks of the Government’s promise to overhaul counter-terrorism law was the repeal of section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000. Liberty’s long campaign against this extraordinarily broad police power to stop and search anyone without suspicion culminated in the verdict of the European Court of Human Rights in January 2010. They ruled that the power was arbitrary and open to discriminatory use and therefore breached the right to privacy. Soon afterwards the Government suspended its use and it is now gone from the statute book. So far so good.
What have you got planned this weekend? A bit of shopping? Enjoying the Great British Summer and firing up the barbeque, maybe? Can you squeeze in fighting to protect civil liberties and promoting human rights as well? Yes you can!
You don’t have to be of any particular political persuasion to be incapable of digesting Westminster Council’s unpalatable plan to criminalise free food for the homeless. Whether you’re blue, red or yellow, the plan stinks. It is completely unacceptable; a vindictive, draconian scheme that’s rotten to the core.