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Yarl's Wood: This sorry tale of degradation and indignity makes action by Government a humanitarian imperative

If the Government needed yet more evidence of the dire human consequences of indefinite immigration detention, it got it today.

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The real crisis in Calais

The Prime Minister called them a ‘swarm’ and in the media they have been variously described as ‘an organised mob’, ‘tragic human flotsam’ and an ‘unstoppable flood’.  They are the migrants in Calais, living with disease, death and the disinterest of the public for their plight. 

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The Freedom of Information Act - like our HRA - is under attack

For more than eight decades, Liberty has sought to hold governments to account, ensuring they make fair and just decisions which do not infringe on our fundamental rights and freedoms. For the last 10 years, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) has played an essential role in helping us do just that. Information disclosed under the FOIA has been critical to some of our most successful legal cases, including challenging discriminatory stop and search and the degrading treatment of detained immigrants.

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The Government undermines the rights of slavery victims when it undermines our Human Rights Act

In recent years, great strides have been made in the fight to end the abhorrent crime of modern slavery in the UK – but what happens to survivors after they’ve been discovered? Where do they go? What do they do to survive? 

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Government scraps flawed "secure college" plans

In a statement yesterday, the Government confirmed that it has dropped plans to build its much criticised “secure college”, a titan prison for children.

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Caspar Bowden

Caspar BowdenWe are deeply saddened to hear of the untimely and tragic loss of Caspar Bowden.

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#WalkTogether with us on 7 July

Tomorrow marks the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 7 July 2005. On a morning which began like any other senseless violence led to the loss of 52 lives with hundreds more injured. The terrorists sought to spread fear and loathing – they sought to divide us – but they have not been successful.

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An ideological attack on the post-war human rights consensus is under way

On Wednesday, the hottest July day on record, I joined a Guardian Live panel to discuss the future of our Human Rights Act. A big thanks to everyone who turned out to listen despite the sweltering heat – fitting for a debate that, despite its crucial importance for every person in the UK, has so far generated more heat than light.

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"They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The constitution grants them that right."

A month after the people of Ireland voted in favour of same-sex marriage in a landmark referendum, the Supreme Court of the United States of America has ruled that the right to equal marriage is protected by the American Constitution. The USA now joins 19 other countries in legalising same-sex marriage, and many other countries have new laws on the way.

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Blanket surveillance - everything you need to know

Today, in a victory for the battle against blanket surveillance, the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) has ruled that GCHQ – the UK’s eavesdropping agency – has unlawfully intercepted and accessed the private communications of human rights groups.

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