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"The time to act is now": Religious leaders call on Home Secretary to put a time limit on immigration detention in post-Brexit law

14 February 2018

Senior representatives of the Church of England, Catholic Church, Muslim Council of Britain, Hindu Council, Sikh Federation, Reform Judaism and others have urged the Government to include a 28-day limit on in the forthcoming bill, which will establish the UK’s post-Brexit immigration system.

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Court of Appeal rules Government surveillance regime IS unlawful

30 January 2018

The Government is breaking the law by collecting the nation's internet activity and phone records and letting public bodies grant themselves access to these personal details with no suspicion of serious crime and no independent sign-off – meaning significant parts of its latest Snoopers’ Charter are effectively unlawful.

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Deepcut deaths: Fresh inquest into death of Private Sean Benton to begin

24 January 2018

A fresh inquest into the death of Private Sean Benton – who was found dead at Deepcut barracks in 1995 – will begin at Woking Coroner’s Court today. 

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Thirty cross-party MEPs urge David Davis to keep Charter of Fundamental Rights

16 January 2018

Thirty cross-party Members of the European Parliament have signed an open letter to David Davis, warning that scrapping the Charter of Fundamental Rights could endanger the UK’s future relationship with the EU.

The letter stresses that MEPs will be closely involved in discussions over the future relationship between the UK and the EU, and that they will push to ensure that any future agreement protects human rights as set out in the Charter. This will also be taken into consideration when MEPs come to vote on the final withdrawal agreement.

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Liberty’s vital Advice and Information service receives huge boost thanks to People’s Postcode Lottery players

11 January 2018

Liberty’s vital Advice and Information service – which helps thousands of people across Britain every year – is to receive a huge boost thanks to the players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

The £250,000 award will allow Liberty to provide free support and guidance to tens of thousands of people who have nowhere else to turn, helping them seek justice and stand up for their own rights and those of their friends and families.

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Government to scrap archaic loophole that lets Armed Forces Commanding Officers investigate sexual assaults themselves

13 December 2017

The Government has quietly announced a major change to the law that will stop Commanding Officers in the Armed Forces investigating soldiers’ allegations of sexual assault themselves – but they still won’t have to refer complaints to civilian police.

The proposed changes to the Armed Forces Act 2006 come after years of campaigning by soldiers, bereaved families and Liberty – and after Liberty threatened the Ministry of Defence (MoD) with legal action on behalf of a serving soldier if it failed to close the loophole.

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Brexit: ‘Henry VIII eats Parliament’ stunt to highlight concern over loss of rights

11 December 2017

Liberty and Amnesty International are staging a ‘Henry VIII eats Parliament’ stunt in Westminster on Monday to highlight human rights campaigners’ concerns with how the Government is treating people’s rights in the EU Withdrawal Bill.

The stunt will see a fully-costumed Henry VIII impersonator being served and partially consuming a giant Houses of Parliament cake.

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Government concedes need for Snoopers’ Charter to protect rights in response to Tom Watson’s landmark legal challenge – but must go further

30 November 2017

  • Amber Rudd has today proposed changes to the new Investigatory Powers Act in response to successful legal claim brought by Tom Watson MP
  • But Government proposals only partially comply with landmark judgment

Tom Watson MP said:

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EU Withdrawal Bill: Liberty, Amnesty, UNISON and PLP call on MPs to stand up for constituents’ rights and bring home the Charter of Fundamental Rights

21 November 2017

Liberty, Amnesty International UK, UNISON and the Public Law Project are calling on MPs to vote down the Government’s plans to drop the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights after Brexit.

The organisations are urging MPs to support amendments eight and 10 – which have cross-party backing – as they continue their line-by-line debate on the EU Withdrawal Bill today.

In a joint statement, they said:

“Whether people voted leave or remain, no one asked the Government to take away their rights and freedoms after Brexit.

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Post-Brexit Trade Bill risks “handing our rights and our sovereignty to the highest international bidder” – Liberty and the Public Law Project

09 November 2017

Liberty and the Public Law Project have warned that the Government’s Trade Bill, which was quietly published on Tuesday, would allow ministers to unilaterally rewrite laws like the Equality Act and the Modern Slavery Act at the request of a foreign power.

The plans are the latest attempt by ministers to undermine democracy and bypass parliamentary scrutiny of the Brexit process, after the EU (Withdrawal) Bill and Data Protection Bill contained similar “Henry VIII” powers.

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