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Liberty Fringe Events 2012

If you’re heading to an upcoming Party Conference, be sure to leave space in your schedule for Liberty’s fringe events. We’ve got brilliant speakers lined up to discuss the major human rights and civil liberties issues currently facing the UK and we’d love to see you there.

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The Best in Policing

Yesterday two young unarmed police officers were killed in Manchester. Police constables Nicola Hughes and Fiona Bone had been sent to investigate what appeared to be a routine burglary report in Abbey Gardens, Mottram, in the morning when they were attacked - Greater Manchester Police has said it appeared they had been deliberately drawn to the scene.

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Hillsborough: The truth at last

Never has the value of transparency been any starker than this week, when the horrifying full facts of the Hillsborough disaster, in which 96 football fans lost their lives, were finally laid bare.

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Selling out on policing: The real cost of privatisation

At the TUC annual congress a robust defence was mounted against the steady creep of privatised policing. At a joint Liberty-TUC fringe event we heard from the trade unions Unite, Unison and the PCS, the Police Federation and our Director. All highlighted the impact of privatising core policing functions – on both policing and the public

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Going the extra mile

Last night marked a spectacular end to the Paralympics and our summer of sport. As the President of the International Paralympics Committee said, it’s been the greatest Paralympic Games yet.

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Back to school...

This week marked the return of Parliament and the Prime Minister's Cabinet shuffle, aimed at ending all "dithering". This is particularly pertinent when you consider some of the plans the Government are attempting to push through.

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Doing the shuffle

Ken Clarke may be a national treasure but so is Britain’s internationally-admired justice system. We hope that following today’s reshuffle he remains a staunch friend of the Human Rights Act and penal reform at the Cabinet table but also worry that his past positions on legal aid and secret courts leave a dangerous legacy for access to justice in our country.

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A Convention of Common Values

Today marks the 59th anniversary of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) – the international treaty which protects fundamental freedoms throughout Europe – coming into force.

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Nominations: One week to go

So summer is drawing to a close – the nights are getting shorter, the mornings a little cooler and, somehow, it’s now less than four months until Christmas. But don’t despair – the imminent arrival of autumn also means that this year’s Liberty Human Rights Awards are just around the corner.

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