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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The Prevent duty turned my young clients' lives upside down and destroyed their trust in others - it must be repealed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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Prime Minister, take note – the European Convention on Human Rights is a legacy of the Holocaust

Today, our Prime Minister becomes the first world leader to meet President Donald Trump. Today is also Holocaust Memorial Day. It is a day to remember all those persecuted and murdered during the Holocaust and later genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

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Parliament must protect our rights as we leave the EU - and Liberty will be watching

Today the Supreme Court has ruled the Government cannot bypass Parliament as it kick-starts our departure from the European Union.

Instead, the law requires it must seek approval from MPs before triggering Article 50. The Court found that, as the rights of people in the UK will be affected, the Government cannot undertake Brexit – and alter these rights – without parliamentary authorisation.  

The judgment makes clear that the Court takes no view on the merits or otherwise of Brexit – it simply states that Parliament must play a role in overseeing that process.

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The Prevent duty's legacy is division and discrimination - it needs to go

This week, in both Houses of Parliament, the Government will be taken to task on the most discredited and divisive element of its counter-terror strategy – Prevent.  

In the Lords on Wednesday, Labour peer Alf Dubs will seek repeal of the Prevent duty in universities through an amendment to the Higher Education and Research Bill. He will be joined by prominent Green, Liberal Democrat and Conservative peers united in defence of free speech on campus.

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News at last from the Brussels departure lounge

In an unprecedented era of mass hacking, dossier leaks and nation-on-nation cyber-attacks, one secret has remained off-limits to all – what will Brexit mean for rights protection in the UK?

Amongst the soundbites, rhetoric and economic jargon, we’ve yet to have any detail of the Government’s plan for leaving the European Union (EU).

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A ray of sunshine for rights

January is a pretty dreary month. It’s dark, the weather is awful and everyone has given up everything fun. My ray of sunshine this week came when hundreds of people stepped up to support our court case against the Snoopers’ Charter. So far 1,538 people have donated an amazing £43,790.

Liberty is seeking a High Court judicial review of the core mass surveillance powers in the Snoopers’ Charter – and we’re asking the public to help us take on the challenge by donating via crowdfunding platform CrowdJustice.

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One Brexit uncertainty the Government could end now

In the last few weeks of 2016, three separate reports (here, here, and here) on the future of the UK after Brexit strongly recommended European Union nationals living here should retain their rights of residence.

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