Liberty is incredibly saddened to hear of the death of Sunday Times journalist Marie Colvin. She was a courageous journalist who covered conflicts across the globe including in Chechnya, Kosovo and Sierra Leone.
Huge thanks to everyone who has already been in touch about Liberty’s forthcoming campaign against the proposals in the Government’s “Justice and Security” Green Paper. The document might have been better titled “Just Security” with a cover edged in black to mourn the passing of centuries of open justice and equality before the law.
One of the biggest concerns for anyone who loves or cares for someone with a mental illness must surely be the fear that if and when their loved one asks for help, help might not be there. That at the time when their loved one most needs to be kept safe, those whose job it is to keep them safe, may let them down.
Outrage at the ruling that Abu Qatada will have to be freed on bail after nearly seven years of detention without charge is predictable. The Home Office has attacked the Special Immigration Appeals Commission’s decision, politicians have decried human rights laws and various commentators are demanding instant UK withdrawal from the European Convention.
Today is Holocaust Memorial Day, when we remember those who died and suffered as a result of one the most notorious inhumanities in history. At Liberty we also remember the legacy of that atrocity; that the struggle against totalitarianism and genocide in Europe led to the international human rights framework that some of us treasure and others denigrate today.
The DPP’s decision to conduct a criminal investigation into UK involvement in rendition to Libya only amplified the need for a proper independent judicial inquiry into our flirtations with torture. Less than a week later - it seems we might actually get one.
Today marks the tenth anniversary of the first detainees arriving at Guantanamo Bay. It’s a bitter irony that the Government has chosen to mark a decade of one of the War on Terror’s worst excesses with its Justice and Security Green Paper. It appears our Executive’s answer to such terrible scandals is not more public scrutiny but less.
This final entry in our blog series explaining and exploring the intricacies of the Human Rights Act focuses on Article 7 of the legislation – no punishment without law. This Article provides vital safeguards against arbitrary prosecution, conviction and punishment.