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Government concessions for Grenfell Tower survivors: still far from humane

Yesterday afternoon the Home Office announced that survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire who have insecure immigration status will be allowed to apply to stay in the UK longer, and eventually for permanent residence – updating their initial paltry offer of a temporary 12-month stay.

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If Theresa May wants equality, she must undo her own toxic immigration legacy

Theresa May’s self-styled “hostile environment” has seen police, medical professionals, teachers and private citizens tasked with in-country border control.

And the discriminatory fallout is already becoming clear.

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Stonewall Season: 50 years of inspiration to keep fighting for LGBT rights

It’s been 50 years since the Sexual Offences Act decriminalised homosexual sex between men aged over 21 – and LGBT rights have come a long way since then.

This week, as part of Stonewall Season, we’re celebrating the progress made over those decades as inspiration to keep fighting – because that work is far from finished.

In fact, as the Government grants ministers unprecedented new powers to rewrite our laws after Brexit, we face the grim prospect of a rollback on those rights.

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Now the Government is turning bankers into border guards - it's up to all of us to stand up to the hostile environment

You might not be able to see them, but there are border guards everywhere.

Successive governments, determined to appear tough on immigration whatever the human cost, have introduced border controls into our schools, hospitals, workplaces, and even our homes.

So last week’s story that banks will begin quarterly immigration checks on every single account holder in search of undocumented migrants is nothing new. Like so many other discriminatory powers, these rules are part of 2016’s poisonous Immigration Act.

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Splashing about to hold the powerful to account

A mile might not sound like far to go. A mile in a car is nothing. On a bike, it’s a breeze.

But for the past few months I’ve been psyching myself up for a particularly daunting mile – a gasping dash through the freezing flowing depths of the Serpentine in Hyde Park.

And – even though it’s my actual nine-to-five JOB to raise money to keep our work going – I’m doing it in aid of Liberty.

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After the Repeal Bill vote: the race is on to protect our rights after Brexit

In the early hours of Tuesday morning, the Repeal Bill – a piece of legislation that, in its current form, gives a handful of ministers unprecedented powers to rewrite our laws with no proper scrutiny from Parliament – stumbled over its first parliamentary hurdle.

Officially titled the EU (Withdrawal) Bill, it would let ministers quietly chip away at the many vital rights and equality protections we’ve gained through our EU membership.

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Misidentification and improvised rules - we lift the lid on the Met's Notting Hill facial recognition operation

Silkie Carlo goes behind the scenes of the Met's worryingly inaccurate and painfully crude facial recognition operation where the rules are devised on the spot. 

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Facial recognition: what it is and why you should care

With the Met set to 'trial' controversial facial recognition technology at Notting Hill Carnival again, it's vital all attendees know what it is and why the plan must be scrapped. 

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It's work experience week at Liberty House

 

This week we're welcoming another four work experience students to Liberty House.

Eloka, Jack, Maia and Temi joined us yesterday and will be spending time with Liberty's various teams as part of a busy work programme and learning what makes an effective human rights NGO tick.

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Two months after the Grenfell Tower fire: the hostile environment laid bare

Two months ago today, the Grenfell Tower fire claimed the lives of at least 80 people and destroyed the homes of hundreds more.

Scores of families now face an agonising wait for the forensic examination of the site to conclude, as a criminal investigation progresses and the terms of an independent inquiry are set.

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