Liberty's Director pays tribute to the late Lord Bingham

18 September 2010
Communications Officer

In response to the news of the death of Lord Bingham of Cornhill, Liberty's Director Shami Chakrabarti said: "Today lawyers and human rights defenders the world over will mourn this great loss."

"Tom Bingham was the perfect combination of intellect, integrity, humanity and humility- a very private man who became such a towering figure in legal and public life. His achievements are numerous but I will never forget his 2009 speech to Liberty's conference in defence of the Human Rights Act:

"Which of these rights, I ask, would we wish to discard? Are any of them trivial, superfluous, unnecessary? Are any of them unBritish? There may be those who would like to live in a country where these rights are not protected but I am not of their number."

As long as people anywhere fight torture and slavery; treasure free speech, fair trials, personal privacy and liberty itself - Lord Bingham will be remembered."