Press release archive

Chief Constable begins police inquiries into extraordinary rendition flights

19 December 2005

In response to Liberty’s request for police to investigate allegations that CIA flights taking suspects to face torture have landed at UK airports, Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Michael Todd today confirmed that he will look into “extraordinary rendition” flights on behalf of the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO).

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Liberty renews call for formal investigation into CIA flights through UK

12 December 2005

In response to Foreign Secretary Jack Straw’s comments that the USA has not sought permission to use UK airports to move CIA suspects, Director of Liberty Shami Chakrabarti said:

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House of Lords rule that torture evidence is not admissible in UK courts

08 December 2005

In a unanimous ruling today, the Law Lords determined that evidence obtained through torture will not be admissible in British courts.

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Liberty responds to US Secretary of State Rice’s defence of CIA flights

05 December 2005

Amidst growing concern about CIA “extraordinary rendition” flights which carry suspects to countries where they may face torture, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said today that countries must choose for themselves whether they will join the United States in its war on terror.

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Liberty intervenes to block changes to UK anti-torture laws

21 November 2005

New efforts by the UK Government to deport individuals to countries that torture will undermine human rights protections said Liberty today.

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Human Rights triumph over party politics in Terrorism Bill

09 November 2005

Today the House of Commons defeated the Government’s amendment to detain individuals for 90 days without trial. Director of Liberty Shami Chakrabarti said:

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