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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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Why the Government should start 2017 by giving our children the sex and relationship education they deserve

As schools across the country break up for the holidays, we’re hopeful pupils will return in the New Year to an announcement from the Department for Education (DfE) that age-appropriate sex and relationship education (SRE) will be added to the national curriculum for all primary and secondary schools.

For those of us whose school years are fast fading into the distance, it might come as a surprise that this isn’t already mandatory in our modern world.

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How to exit the EU without leaving behind your human rights

Britain’s vote to leave the European Union wasn’t a vote to abandon our fundamental rights and liberties – but we worry ministers may treat it as such. 

Many specific rights protections we currently enjoy are guaranteed by our membership of the EU. These rights must be protected when we leave. 

As the Government embarks on two years of negotiations, Liberty has set out five things ministers must do to secure our rights.

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Now MPs must stand up for vulnerable children as the Government ploughs on with this dangerous plan

Last month, children’s rights campaigners, social workers and hundreds of thousands of members of the public breathed a tentative sigh of relief when Lords took a stand against dangerous Government plans to let councils opt out of eighty years’ worth of child protection laws. 

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PSPO Watch: Hometown Zeros

The London borough of Enfield boasts beautiful parks, great shopping and good schools. You can be in the countryside in 15 minutes or central London in under 30. It’s one of those places Sky News describes as “leafy”.

It had the world’s first ATM machine and designed the Lee-Enfield rifle. There’s that house in Brimsdown where a demon once possessed the furniture – seriously – and there’s a late-night Krispy Kreme drive-thru.

Yep, Enfield is pretty sweet.

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Why Medical Justice had to challenge Home Office policy on torture survivors

New Home Office policy increases the risk of vulnerable people, including torture survivors, being detained and harmed. Kris Harris, Research and Policy Worker at Medical Justice, felt they had no choice but to challenge the policy in court.

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