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Where there is division, we build bridges

It is the end of a shocking and sad week. Wednesday’s senseless attack has left us all bereft, and our hearts go out to the victims and their loved ones.

The assault on our Parliament comes so soon after the murder of Jo Cox MP. These attacks are not about politics or faith. They are about fear and violence.

But – as the selfless actions of so many people showed on Wednesday – where we see one man’s cruelty, we remember our kindness.

When we are fearful, we find our courage. When we face injustice, we reach for fairness. Where there is division, we build bridges. 

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Millions of photos may be held unlawfully by the police and the Home Office wants it to stay that way

The Home Office’s recent review into the police’s retention of photographs of people in custody estimated there were over 19 million such images on the Police National Database as of July 2016. Many will be of people who’ve never been convicted of any offence. Some won’t even have been charged.

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A week of backtracking and concessions at the Department for Education

It’s been a busy week at the Department for Education (DfE).

Today we heard the news – yet to be confirmed by the DfE – that it has bowed to campaigning by Liberty and others and will drop plans to allow local authorities to opt out of complying with their legal obligations to children.

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Lords must take their chance to protect EU citizens' rights

Today the House of Lords gets to debate the Government’s Brexit Bill, which breezed through the Commons without a single amendment.

Even on issues with cross-party support, like the need to provide EU migrants with certainty over their right to stay in the UK, those who believe rights should be off the negotiating table were defeated.

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PSPO Watch: Join the fightback

Scrapping plans for Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) was never likely to be high on the list of local councils’ New Year’s resolutions.

Although more and more people have become aware of the absurd – and often cruel – ways PSPOs are being misused, it unfortunately looks like we’ll continue to see our freedoms chipped away in 2017.

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Smoke and mirrors at the MoD

Liberty's Emma Norton on why the Ministry of Defence's proposed compensation scheme is about protecting itself, not soldiers.

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Turning landlords into border guards does lead to discrimination - just as we warned

Liberty warned from the outset that the Government’s misguided ‘right to rent’ scheme would sow discrimination and division – and today a landmark report from the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) reveals that’s exactly what it’s done.

For years, successive governments have been on a mission to make border guards of all of us.

They’ve roped in bank clerks, doctors, teachers, police and employers to check the immigration status of their customers, patients, school pupils, citizens and staff.

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The Prevent duty turned my young clients' lives upside down and destroyed their trust in others - it must be repealed

Our lives are divided into before and after.

“Before that day, my children were just children. They trusted their teachers and friends – school was a safe place. Before that day, I was just another mum: chatting at the playground gates, reading with other children in school, helping out at the PTA, planning my dream life in a country village.

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Friends, Families and Travellers: How councils are abusing their powers to target vulnerable minorities

In July 2016, Brighton and Hove Council became the first local authority to our knowledge to use Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) to ban Gypsies and Travellers stopping on the 12 traditional places they have used most in the city, and around it, for decades. 

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If you want to speak out about prejudice and discrimination in the UK, stand with Liberty

The carnage of Donald Trump's first week in office is a powerful call to action for all those who believe in human rights.

He flirted with torture, set his wall-building in motion and, on Holocaust Memorial Day, banned refugees and Muslims from his country.

But he didn’t get away with it.

The discriminatory ban and detention of travellers on the basis of their nationality and religion was met with spontaneous mass demonstrations.

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