Press release archive

Is this ‘The Big Society’? Liberty demands Westminster council abandon plans to ban soup runs

03 June 2011

Today human rights group Liberty delivered letters to Westminster councillors demanding a rethink on plans to criminalise free food for the homeless. The letters, delivered in a giant Liberty ‘Cream of Conscience’ soup can to Westminster City Hall, urged the Conservative-led council to work with third sector organisations to find solutions which will not further sideline those already at the margins of our society.

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Liberty welcomes US President Barack Obama to London and urges him to consider Gary McKinnon’s case for a UK trial

25 May 2011

Today, as the President prepares to return the UK’s hospitality at his ambassador’s residence, Liberty sent a welcome hamper and a call for compassion for Gary McKinnon – and a review of the unfair extradition treaty between the UK and the USA.

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So we all believe in open justice now?

23 May 2011

Today amidst a media storm about superinjunctions, the Government published details of Terrorism Protection and Investigation Measures (TPIMs) – rebranded control orders.

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Supreme Court judgment - holding DNA of everyone arrested ‘unlawful’

18 May 2011

Today the Supreme Court declared the police policy of retaining the DNA of everyone arrested to be unlawful. However because of draft legislation in Parliament, the Court declined to order police to implement a lawful scheme until the Bill has passed.

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Victory for independent policing as Government is defeated in House of Lords

12 May 2011

On Wednesday evening the Government suffered a major defeat on its plans for elected police and crime commissioners in the House of Lords.

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First big test for Lib Dems ‘louder voice’ since local election results: Police Bill reaches committee stage

11 May 2011

Today the Government’s flagship Police Bill, which contains controversial proposals for elected police commissioners, reaches Committee stage in the Lords.

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Liberty responds to 7/7 inquest

06 May 2011

In response to coroner Lady Justice Hallett's findings at the 7/7 inquest today, Liberty Director Shami Chakrabarti said:

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Flagship Police Bill heads for choppy waters in House of Lords

26 April 2011

The Government’s flagship Police Bill, which contains proposals for elected police commissioners, is facing a hostile reception in the House of Lords on Wednesday 27 April. Opposition from Labour and Crossbench Peers is expected and a number of prominent ex-police officers have spoken out against the policy.

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Government’s flagship Police bill heads for choppy waters in the Lords

21 April 2011

The Government’s flagship Police bill, which contains proposals for elected police commissioners, is facing a hostile reception in the House of Lords on Wednesday 27 April. Opposition from Labour and crossbenchers is expected and a number of prominent ex-police officers have spoken out against the policy.

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Liberty supports lesbian couple in Brighton hotel discrimination case

21 April 2011

Today Liberty confirmed it is acting for a lesbian couple who were refused a double room at a Brighton hotel. Rebecca Nash and Hope Stubbings had earlier booked the accommodation at the Brunswick Square Hotel by telephone.

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