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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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Nauru may be on the opposite side of the world, but its trauma is much closer to home

Shocking abuses have come to light over the last week on the Pacific island of Nauru, one of Australia’s offshore immigration detention sites.

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The case of honeymooner Faizah Shaheen shows exactly why Schedule 7 needs an overhaul

There was near-universal outrage last week as the story of Faizah Shaheen’s airport detention spread around the world.

Ms Shaheen was returning from her honeymoon in Turkey when she was stopped by police officers at Robin Hood Airport in Doncaster and questioned for 15 minutes.

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PSPO Watch: July 2016

We’ve warned about them. We’ve challenged them. We’ve had some success. But they keep coming. And it seems no one is safe from Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) which continue to chip away at our civil liberties in towns and cities all over the UK.

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Armed Forces must send a message that they do not tolerate sexual offending

With Westminster and Whitehall in the midst of a heatwave, and parliamentarians preparing for their summer recess, the publication last Thursday of the first ever set of statistics on sexual offences in the military justice system almost slipped under the radar.

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Can we trust the Home Office to detain people safely and with decency?

Last week’s Inspector of Prisons Annual Report rightly prompted a raft of media coverage reacting to the horrifying levels of violence in our failing prison system.

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The dangers of counter-productive counter-terror strategy: a stark warning from Chilcot

It seems far longer than two weeks ago that Sir John Chilcot published his Iraq Inquiry report – but with a new Government settling in, ministers have a duty to implement its lessons.

One of the report’s starkest warnings is of the dangers of counter-productive counter-terror strategy.

The Iraq Inquiry report found that, over the course of 2002 and 2003, Tony Blair was repeatedly advised that an invasion of Iraq would increase the threat to the UK from Al Qaeda and its affiliates.

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A clear message to our Government: your Snoopers' Charter will breach British people’s fundamental rights

Advocate General Saugmandsgaard Øe has delivered a forceful opinion which should cause the Government to seriously consider revising the Investigatory Powers Bill currently before Parliament – or face the prospect of further legal challenges.

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A victory for equality before the law

Wednesday 13 July 2016 was a historic day for more than the obvious reason. As David Cameron prepared to tender his resignation to Her Majesty and hand the keys to No.10 to Theresa May, the Supreme Court dealt a decisive blow to his Government’s plans to impose a residence test on those seeking legal aid.

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Buck passing and shoulder shrugging on refugees must end

A survey out this week showed one in three councils have failed to accept Syrian refugees – with most saying the cost of housing and supporting them far exceeds the amount central Government has agreed to provide.

This is a timely reminder of Government failures in the face of the greatest humanitarian crisis in recent history.

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