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Liberty at the Lib Dem Conference: Shared values in divided times

As the annual party conference season gets under way, Liberty will be busy hosting a number of fringe events. We kicked off on Monday evening with a packed agenda at the Liberal Democrat Conference in Brighton.

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Have you been affected by ‘right to rent’?

The Government’s original ‘right to rent’ scheme was a flagship component of the drive to turn the UK into a ‘hostile environment’. Piloted in 2015, it saw landlords tasked with performing immigration checks on tenants.

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Yes, really…G4S

A few weeks ago you may have thought you’d seen that our Government had handed the running of a helpline for victims of discrimination to the infamous security firm G4S.

You may then have decided that such a decision would be so utterly absurd that you must have been mistaken, and carried on about your business. 

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We must stand on common ground

Our country has seen a spike in hate and division in recent months, and the Equality and Human Rights Commission has warned that racial inequality is ingrained across whole swathes of our everyday lives.

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#MoreInCommon – Liberty’s six steps to a less divisive Britain

Tomorrow, Hope Not Hate supporters around the country are holding #MoreInCommon events in their local communities to celebrate the life of Jo Cox MP, who was killed in June.

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PSPO Watch: August 2016

August proved to be an interesting month as far as Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) were concerned.

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New investigations welcome, but hostile environment must change

On Sunday Theresa May revealed that the Government is launching an audit of public services to tackle racial disparities. Meanwhile, the Labour Party is launching a consultation on tackling discrimination and promoting racial equality.

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In-country immigration enforcement operations are divisive, ineffective and often unlawful – they should be stopped.

Byron Hamburgers made headlines last month – for all the wrong reasons.

The chain set up fake meetings with its staff – including some who had worked for Byron for more than five years – to entrap them and trigger immediate Home Office detentions and removal from the UK.

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New guidance highlights why pregnant women should never be detained

Last week, Liberty responded to Home Office proposals to place migrants and refugees in solitary confinement for being “stubborn”.

But there’s more. This week, we’re responding to its new proposals to keep detaining pregnant women as it’s done before – flying in the face of a Government-commissioned review which recommended pregnant women never be imprisoned for immigration purposes.

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It’s work experience week at Liberty!


This week we have the pleasure of welcoming three work experience students to Liberty HQ in London.

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