Press release archive

Liberty, Inquest and Justice hold parliamentary meeting as opposition to secret inquests mounts

30 October 2009

At 16.00 on Monday 2 November in Committee room 16 Liberty, Inquest and Justice will hold a parliamentary meeting into plans to hold inquests in secret.

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Supreme Court rebalances law on enhanced CRB disclosures

29 October 2009

Today the Supreme Court ruled that much greater consideration of the private lives of job applicants is required when enhanced CRB checks are made.

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Government concede modern day slavery legal gap

28 October 2009

The Government today conceded the need to criminalise forced labour and servitude. Parliament was expected to vote this afternoon on an amendment to the Coroners and Justice Bill that would make servitude and forced labour an offence in the UK for the first time.

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Liberty comment on BNP appearance on Question Time

23 October 2009

Human rights group Liberty responded to the hatred exposed by British National Party leader Nick Griffin on BBC1's Question Time last night.

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Crucial vote expected on Monday: Will modern slavery be outlawed?

23 October 2009

Parliament is expected to vote on an amendment to the Coroners and Justice Bill on Monday that, if passed, will make servitude and forced labour an offence in the UK for the first time.

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Director of Public Prosecutions defends Human Rights Act

22 October 2009

Director of Public Prosecutions Keir Starmer has said he wants to "lay bare the lie that suggests the Human Rights Act is a criminals' charter" and show that it does protect the rights of victims.

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Secret inquests defeated in the House of Lords

21 October 2009

In a vote today the House of Lords threw out clauses buried in the Coroners and Justice Bill which would allow for an inquest to be suspended and a 'secret inquiry' held in its place.

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Government attempts to revive secret inquests

20 October 2009

Despite a public climbdown in May, the Government intends to go ahead with plans to hold investigations into controversial deaths in secret, human rights group Liberty said today. Clauses buried in the Coroners and Justice Bill allow for an inquest to be suspended and a ‘secret inquiry’ held in its place.

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Sensible and tactical retreat by Government on DNA

19 October 2009

The Home Office announced today that the clauses on DNA retention will be dropped from the Policing and Crime Bill and reconsidered after the Queen’s Speech. The clauses provided a regulation power that would have allowed sweeping retention of innocents’ DNA to continue.

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Liberty condemns 'rotten' extradition laws

16 October 2009

Britain's unfair extradition agreements have failed to protect Gary McKinnon, who is now facing 60 years in a US jail for hacking into Pentagon and NASA systems from his home in London.

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