Press release archive

Liberty Director Shami Chakrabarti responds to David Davis resignation in protest of last night's vote on 42 day pre-charge detention

12 June 2008

Response to the resignation of Shadow Home Secretary David Davis, who will run for re-election on a civil liberties platform including his opposition to extending pre-charge detention for terror suspects to 42 days.

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Battle against extending pre-charge detention moves to House of Lords

11 June 2008

Human rights group Liberty said the battle against the Government’s Counter-Terror Bill proposals to detain suspects for 42 days without charge will now be taken up in the House of Lords. Narrowly passed in the House of Commons today (315-306), the controversial proposals have generated widespread concern about the negative impact on civil liberties and community relations.

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"Up against the buffers": Fact and fiction about the existing 28 day pre-charge detention limit 

10 June 2008

Human rights group Liberty today received startling information relating to Ministerial claims about the use of the existing pre-charge detention limit for terror suspects. This information undermines repeated claims that the authorities have been “up against the buffers” with the current 28 day detention period.

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Celebrities and MPs join Liberty for Westminster protest against Government’s Counter-Terror plans

10 June 2008

Liberty will be joined by actor Honor Blackman, designer Vivienne Westwood, Shadow Home Secretary David Davis, Labour MP Diane Abbott, and Lib-Dem Chris Huhne MP in a protest outside Westminster on the eve of the vote on Government plans to extend pre-charge detention to 42 days. Liberty opposes extending pre-charge detention limits which will promote injustice and alienate Muslim communities.

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Government offers “Cons”, not Concessions on Counter-Terror Bill

03 June 2008

The Government’s Counter-Terror Bill amendments are “cons”, not concessions, and offer no safeguards for suspects who could be detained for up to six weeks and then released without charge.

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Free speech victory as charges against teen anti-Scientology protestor dropped

23 May 2008

Today the City of London Police have dropped the charges against a 16-year-old anti-Scientology protestor for using the word “cult” in a move the human rights group Liberty called a “free speech victory.”

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Human rights laws require police to protect witnesses in danger

19 May 2008

In a case to be heard by the House of Lords today, Liberty will contend that police are obliged under human rights laws to protect witnesses who are known to be in danger.

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Independent inquiry announced into the circumstances surrounding the death of Baha Mousa

14 May 2008

Liberty response to the announcement of an independent inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the death of Iraqi civilian Baha Mousa.

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Liberty Director Shami Chakrabarti tells MPs 54% public believe Government terror proposals meant to look "tough on terror"

24 April 2008

Today Liberty Director Shami Chakrabarti told MPs that 54 percent of the public believe the Government’s motivation for extending pre-charge detention periods is to look “tough on terror” based on YouGov poll findings.

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Liberty Director Shami Chakrabarti calls Government’s counter-terror proposals an “international embarrassment”

07 April 2008

Liberty’s Director Shami Chakrabarti will tell the Foreign Press Association that controversial measures in the Government’s Counter-Terrorism bill will undermine Britain’s international reputation as a country which respects the rule of law.

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