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Why the Government should start 2017 by giving our children the sex and relationship education they deserve

As schools across the country break up for the holidays, we’re hopeful pupils will return in the New Year to an announcement from the Department for Education (DfE) that age-appropriate sex and relationship education (SRE) will be added to the national curriculum for all primary and secondary schools.

For those of us whose school years are fast fading into the distance, it might come as a surprise that this isn’t already mandatory in our modern world.

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How to exit the EU without leaving behind your human rights

Britain’s vote to leave the European Union wasn’t a vote to abandon our fundamental rights and liberties – but we worry ministers may treat it as such. 

Many specific rights protections we currently enjoy are guaranteed by our membership of the EU. These rights must be protected when we leave. 

As the Government embarks on two years of negotiations, Liberty has set out five things ministers must do to secure our rights.

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Now MPs must stand up for vulnerable children as the Government ploughs on with this dangerous plan

Last month, children’s rights campaigners, social workers and hundreds of thousands of members of the public breathed a tentative sigh of relief when Lords took a stand against dangerous Government plans to let councils opt out of eighty years’ worth of child protection laws. 

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PSPO Watch: Hometown Zeros

The London borough of Enfield boasts beautiful parks, great shopping and good schools. You can be in the countryside in 15 minutes or central London in under 30. It’s one of those places Sky News describes as “leafy”.

It had the world’s first ATM machine and designed the Lee-Enfield rifle. There’s that house in Brimsdown where a demon once possessed the furniture – seriously – and there’s a late-night Krispy Kreme drive-thru.

Yep, Enfield is pretty sweet.

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Why Medical Justice had to challenge Home Office policy on torture survivors

New Home Office policy increases the risk of vulnerable people, including torture survivors, being detained and harmed. Kris Harris, Research and Policy Worker at Medical Justice, felt they had no choice but to challenge the policy in court.

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Trump, May and the fightback for human rights

Donald Trump’s presidency poses an existential threat to the global human rights movement. Our resistance must start now.

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Liberty's 'right to rent' guide

Read our nine practical tips on what to do if you’re a potential tenant and are worried about what the 'right to rent' scheme means for you.

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As Snoopers’ Charter becomes law, our message to the Government: see you in court

The passage of the Investigatory Powers Bill through Parliament is a sad day for British liberty – but the fight does not end here.

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PSPO Watch: Kingdom Security come, thy will be done

Enforcement officers are experienced and will only take action when there is an obvious problem. We expect them to use their common sense in applying these measures and they have been trained to do so. So said a Gravesham Borough Council spokesperson following mass criticism of Gravesend’s Public Space Protection Order (PSPO), which criminalises lying down or sleeping in public.

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Never trust a Government that fails to defend the rule of law

Last week, judges were asked to perform their centuries-old role of applying the law to the facts of a case before them. Quite apart from the merits or otherwise of the decision made, what had for hundreds of years been a cherished pillar of our democracy, the envy of many less fortunate around the world, suddenly became the focus of outrage, indignation and vicious personal attack.

Modern Britain was built on two principles: that every citizen, including those in power, is governed by the law, and that those laws are applied by independent judges – not by partisan politicians.

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