Press release archive

Liberty calls for Independent Police Complaints Commission investigation into Sheffield police incident

08 March 2007

The human rights group Liberty today expressed grave concern at CCTV footage which appears to show a Sheffield police officer repeatedly punching a young woman pinned to the ground by three additional officers. Liberty called for an urgent investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

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UK Borders Bill marks ID card roll-out 

01 March 2007

The human rights group Liberty today will give evidence to the Parliamentary UK Borders Bill Committee about Government plans to introduce biometric identity cards for all non-European Economic Area nationals, generally acknowledged to be the first step in the roll out of the controversial Identity Card Scheme.

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SIAC ruling on deporting terror suspects - this diplomatic assurance is no guarantee against torture

26 February 2007

The Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) today dismissed an appeal by Abu Qatada against the Government’s bid to deport him to Jordan. The Government is relying upon the diplomatic assurance agreed with Jordan as a safeguard against Mr Qatada suffering any torture or ill treatment on his return. The diplomatic assurance, which carries no sanction, does not contain any direct reference to torture.  

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Useless and unjust control orders must be voted out, says Liberty

21 February 2007

Parliament vote to renew control order powers tomorrow Parliament must seize the opportunity to shut down the useless and unjust control orders regime by voting against the renewal of the Prevention of Terrorism Act urged human rights group Liberty.

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Government failed to consider criminal prosecution against control order terror suspect says High Court 

16 February 2007

The High Court today criticised the Government for failing to consider a criminal prosecution for a terror suspect who had been deemed dangerous enough to be issued with a control order.

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Human rights are antidote to terrorism

14 February 2007

In response to the Lord Chancellor’s speech on terrorism and politics today, Liberty Director Shami Chakrabarti said:  

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Serious Crime Bill measures undermine fair trial and privacy rights

07 February 2007

Invasive data matching powers and “Gangster Asbos” which run roughshod over the presumption of innocence will form part of the Government’s Serious Crime Bill proposals to be debated in the House of Lords today.

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Home Office warned against undermining police operations and community relations through informal anti-terror briefings

06 February 2007

The human rights group Liberty today sent a letter to the Home Secretary questioning the Home Office’s role in “off the record” briefings during last week’s anti-terror operations in the West Midlands.

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UK Borders Bill problematic says Liberty

02 February 2007

Liberty today expressed concern about Government plans to deport foreign nationals without proper safeguards and to introduce biometric identity cards for all non-European Economic Area nationals. These measures are found in the UK Borders Bill which will have its second reading in the House of Commons on Monday 5 February.

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Corporate Manslaughter Bill fails to provide justice for bereaved families

02 February 2007

Families whose loved ones have died while in state custody could be denied justice under current plans in the Government’s Corporate Manslaughter Bill, said Liberty today.

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