It should go without saying that the human rights of our service men and woman deserve to be protected as much as everyone else’s. And today – following another major victory for our Military Justice campaign – a truly fair and independent justice system for our troops is a step closer.
Yesterday Defence Minister Mark Lancaster announced that allegations of sexual assault, exposure and voyeurism made within the Armed Forces will soon have to be referred to the relevant service police force.
The Government wants to allow local councils to opt out of 80 years’ worth of essential child protection obligations – stripping vulnerable children of their rights and putting them at serious risk of neglect and abuse.
Proposals in the Children and Social Work Bill would let councils ask the Secretary of State for Education to exempt them from having to comply with any aspect of children social care law since 1933.
When we launched the Against Borders for Children (ABC) campaign last month, we had one goal: to make the Department for Education (DfE) scrap its new policy to draw up lists of foreign children through the School Census and Early Years Census.
Last Friday we headed to Glasgow for Liberty’s final event of the party conference season. Journalist Libby Brooks hosted a panel discussion between our Director Martha Spurrier and a number of SNP representatives from Westminster and Holyrood – Joanna Cherry MP, Cabinet Secretary for Justice and MSP Michael Matheson and Anne McLaughlin MP.
Our annual Human Rights Awards are a mere two weeks away, and today we are delighted to announce the 2016 shortlist. As ever, it gives us reasons to be hopeful - bringing together fearless young activists, ground-breaking lawyers and pioneering grassroots campaigners.
“So this is how liberty dies – with thunderous applause.”
So read a tweet from one of our members – channelling Padmé Amidala of Star Wars fame – in the midst of a dark period in British politics, which has contributed to a shocking and enduring spike in hate crime in our communities.