Despite overwhelming public support for a law protecting rights and freedoms, new poll figures show the Government has failed to inform the public about the Human Rights Act. The polling, released on the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, reveals overwhelming support for the contents of the Human Rights Act, with 96% believing that it is important that there is a law that protects rights and freedoms in Britain.
The DNA profiles of roughly 850,000 innocent people should be taken off the National DNA Database (NDNAD) following a European Court of Human Rights judgment today said Liberty. Two Britons whose DNA was retained by police brought the legal challenge, claiming that their inclusion on the NDNAD continued to cast suspicion on them after they had been cleared of any wrong-doing.
New powers to establish compulsory identity cards via the back door are to be introduced in the Immigration and Citizenship bill in the Queen’s speech tomorrow, said Liberty. Powers to examine identity documents, previously thought to apply only in UK ports of entry, will be extended through hidden clauses in the bill to criminalize anyone in Britain who has ever left the country and fails to produce identity papers upon demand.
The human rights group Liberty expressed concern about the heavy-handed arrest of Shadow Immigration Secretary Damian Green for allegedly “aiding and abetting misconduct in a public office” yesterday. Liberty was dismayed that on the eve of appointing a new Commissioner, the Metropolitan Police may have yet to learn important lessons about the dangers of becoming embroiled in politics.
Details of Algeria’s human rights record should not be subject to secret hearings by the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) when determining if Algerian nationals are to be returned to the risk of torture, said the human rights group Liberty today.