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.
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.
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.
In the last few days we have seen a 57 per cent increase in racist and xenophobic attacks – hate crimes.
It would be naïve to think that such attacks are new. While we have made significant progress in pushing back against such intolerance, for some parts of our communities across the country the threatening undercurrent of prejudice has remained, barely contained beneath the surface.
We've had some notable successes, as have local campaigners – forcing several u-turns and watering down of the most unfair proposals. Despite this, worrying proposals continue to pop up around the country.
As Liberty’s membership officer I was delighted to see such a full house at our AGM on 18 June and to have a chance to meet so many impassioned members. As this year’s conference proved, there are a lot of us who care about our human rights.