Press release archive

ID cards - when is a climbdown not a climbdown?

01 July 2009

Liberty responded today to the new Home Secretary’s claims that identity cards for British citizens will be voluntary. Although the Home Secretary said that ‘holding an identity card should be a personal choice for British citizens’, when applying for a passport details will still be entered on the National Identity Register, the massive database that supports the scheme.

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Liberty response to Home Office ID cards announcement

30 June 2009

Responding to the new Home Secretary's announcement on ID cards today, Isabella Sankey, Director of Policy for Liberty, said:

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Former Minister of State for Trade condemns UK’s unfair extradition laws

18 June 2009

A former Minister of State for Trade has released a statement condemning extradition laws to coincide with the launch of Liberty’s Extradition Watch campaign last night.

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Control orders, torture techniques and the rise of the BNP - Does Britain still care about human rights?

15 June 2009

In defiance of recent events, a poll released today by Liberty shows overwhelming support for human rights laws. Despite a week of the Government defending the unjust and unsafe control order system, the Metropolitan police accused of using “waterboarding” techniques with suspects and the BNP winning two European parliament seats, polling reveals that 97% think it is important that there is a law that protects rights and freedoms in the UK.

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Liberty responds to House of Lords judgment on control orders

10 June 2009

Today the House of Lords ruled unanimously that the government has violated Article 6 of the Human Rights Act which protects the right to fair trial as ‘controlees’ don’t even receive the gist of the allegations against them. Liberty believes that this is another body blow to the unfair and unsafe control order regime.

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'I have lost my family, I have lost everything'. Courts once again consider control orders as controlee begs to leave the UK

10 June 2009

Today the Law Lords will once more consider the Kafkaesque procedure for Control Orders. Meanwhile one controlee, Mahmoud Abu Rideh subject to punishment without trial for 7 ½ years, writes a desperate letter to the Prime Minister begging for release from a system that has driven him to mental instability and attempts at suicide;

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Yvette Cooper urged to dump James Purnell’s drug tests for the unemployed

08 June 2009

Liberty is today joining forces with the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the National AIDS Trust to call on Yvette Cooper, the new Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, to reverse James Purnell’s policy of submitting benefit claimants to compulsory drug and alcohol tests.

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Politicians, artists and celebrities unite in 75 years of Liberty celebration

03 June 2009

Politicians, journalists, activists and artists will join in Liberty’s celebratory 75th anniversary conference to be held on Saturday 6 June at Methodist Central Hall, London.

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Liberty responds to Home Secretary’s departure

03 June 2009

The Home Secretary confirmed today that she would be standing down at the next cabinet re-shuffle.

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Liberty welcomes 'stay of extradition'

02 June 2009

Permission was today granted for a student to take his fight against extradition to the House of Lords. Andrew Symeou, 26, is due to be extradited to Greece on manslaughter charges.

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