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Don't let them erase the HRA for real

This year we have seen much pomp and ceremony in honour of the 800th Anniversary of Magna Carta. Speeches, events and grand unveilings, attended by the powerful and connected, have reflected on the principles of freedom, democracy and the rule of law. 

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Why we need real judicial sign-off in the Investigatory Powers Bill

We explain why MPs must take this chance to create a proper system of Judicial Sign-Off.

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Immigration Bill: We must now turn to the Lords to uphold our proud tradition of liberty

During Report stage consideration of the Immigration Bill yesterday, the Commons debated issues which go to the heart of our national conscience. How do we treat those in desperate need, including children? What is the minimum of dignity and respect that our country should afford to everyone within our borders? How do we uphold fair play, compassion and the British sense of justice?

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The Armed Forces Bill is a chance to give our troops the justice system they deserve

It goes without saying: the rights of servicemen and women are just as deserving of protection as those of civilians. But – until our flawed military justice system is reformed – we will continue to deny our troops some of those vital protections.

In the UK, an Armed Forces Act must be passed every five years – and the latest Bill is on its way through Parliament as we speak.

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8 things we wouldn’t know without the Freedom of Information Act

In a moment of inexplicable forgetfulness during this year’s summer recess, the Government decided to announce the second review of the Freedom of Information Act in three years.

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"Courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it"

Once more the great European city of Paris is in mourning. And yet again, we all mourn the mass murder of innocents and the spiralling violence of a world gripped by fear. 

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Investigatory Powers Bill: Spoiler Alert - this is terrifying

So on Monday we told you it was sleight of hand and today we can confirm - there has definitely been no Government climbdown on surveillance.  The draft Investigatory Powers Bill, announced today, constitutes an astonishing assault on all of our internet security. 

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Beware Government "concessions" on surveillance

Last week, our very own James and Jane Bonds opened their doors to the Times newspaper and on Sunday we had the denouement: the Great Government Climbdown. “We’ve listened” they told us and – although they know that extensive powers are desperately needed – they understood that we, the people, need reassurance that they would be used in a “necessary, proportionate and accountable way”.

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Human rights in the headlines: a pro-Snowden James Bond and the spectre of the Snoopers' Charter

This was the week we learnt that James Bond’s latest incarnation is “sexily pro-Snowden”. As always, 007’s timing is impeccable – because this was also the week that saw the spectre of the Snoopers’ Charter return with a vengeance.

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Liberty at the SNP conference: Unequivocal support for HRA

Liberty’s inaugural fringe event at the SNP Conference took place on Friday in Aberdeen. Chaired by the Guardian’s Scotland correspondent Libby Brooks, a packed audience questioned MSPs Alex Neil and Humza Yousef, MP Joanna Cherry, and Liberty’s Director Shami on a range of issues covering Scotland, the UK, and international affairs.

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