Today the Home Affairs Select Committee announced its unequivocal opposition to extending pre-charge detention, noting that neither the Government nor police had made the case to go beyond the current 28-day limit. The Committee also backed alternatives suggested by Liberty, including the use of intercept evidence in terror trials and allowing post-charge questioning of terror suspects.
Today Liberty reaffirmed its opposition to the Home Secretary’s proposals to extend pre-charge detention to 42 days in terror cases. The human rights group dismissed the Government’s scheme which contains superficial Parliamentary and judicial oversight. Crucially, extension can be introduced without a genuine emergency.
Out-dated blasphemous libel laws were critically weakened today when a High Court judge found the laws could only apply if the material is “so…offensive in manner that it undermines society...” A private prosecution brought by the group Christian Voice against the producer and broadcaster of Jerry Springer – the Opera was thrown out in the first test of the blasphemy laws in nearly 30 years.
Blasphemy laws will be on trial tomorrow in a High Court prosecution brought by Christian Voice against the producer and broadcaster of 'Jerry Springer: The Opera'. In a third-party intervention, human rights group Liberty will challenge outdated blasphemy offences and argue that free speech rights must protect sacred, profane and secular language alike.
A school in South Wales will face legal action for punishing and excluding a Sikh girl for wearing a small religious bangle, nearly 25 years after the Law Lords determined that Sikh children could wear items representing their faith, including a turban, to school.