So there it is – a General Election on Thursday 8 June.
As manifestos are frantically drawn up, Liberty calls on all political parties to take this chance to take a stand for the principles and laws that protect the rights of ordinary people across the UK, day in, day out.
We urge them to commit to protecting our Human Rights Act and maintaining our membership of the European Convention on Human Rights.
Last week, the Service Complaints Ombudsman Nicola Williams published her first annual report.
It covers her first year in charge of the new Service Complaints Ombudsman for the Armed Forces (SCOAF) – and it paints a worrying picture of the bullying and discrimination still a very serious problem within our military.
This week – beneath the Brexit headlines – the Home Office and Department for Education (DfE) quietly announced that the first of their pioneering ‘Border Schools’ will be up and running for the summer term.
Last week’s terrorist attack was horrifying. From our office in Westminster, the sudden sound of sirens, racing police cars and then helicopters was chilling. As news came in of the lives lost, London was stunned to a sort of silence.
But the aftermath is characterised by the solidarity and British resilience we rely on for national healing.
So Article 50 has been triggered – Brexit has officially begun.
I recently joined Liberty as an expert in EU law to conduct in-depth research into what Brexit could mean for human rights. With the white paper on the Great Repeal Bill landing tomorrow, I’ve got my work cut out.
This is the biggest shake-up of our laws in generations, and everyone from business leaders and environmentalists to local councils and hospitals quite rightly want to have their say.
The Home Office’s recent review into the police’s retention of photographs of people in custody estimated there were over 19 million such images on the Police National Database as of July 2016. Many will be of people who’ve never been convicted of any offence. Some won’t even have been charged.