Press release archive

“Justice” and Security: Inquests are gone but so is judicial discretion

29 May 2012

Today Liberty warned that Government plans for Secret Justice are even worse than first imagined – and that the removal of Inquests has given cover for the removal of judicial discretion over Public Interest Immunity (PII).

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Huffing and Puffing Over Prisoner Votes

22 May 2012

In today’s Grand Chamber judgment in the case of Scoppola v. Italy (n° 3) (application no. 126/05), which is final, the European Court of Human Rights held, by a majority, that there had been no violation of Article 3 of Protocol No. 1 (right to free elections) to the European Convention on Human Rights.

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Liberty intervenes in European Court case over French ‘burqa ban’

21 May 2012

Today Liberty announced it is intervening in the European Court of Human Rights case concerning the criminalisation of face coverings in France.

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Queen's Speech 2012: Privacy and Open Justice in the firing line but progress on Free Speech

09 May 2012

Today Liberty responded with dismay as plans for a new Snooper’s Charter and Secret Courts were included in this year’s Queen’s Speech. But it welcomed the proposed Defamation Bill as advancing freedom of speech.

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Brighton Progress

19 April 2012

The Brighton Declaration on reform of the Court of Human Rights, due to be finally agreed tomorrow morning, will make clear that primary responsibility for protecting human rights in the Council of Europe must rest with member countries themselves.

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Liberty welcomes prestigious committee’s damning verdict on Government secret justice plans

04 April 2012

Liberty today welcomed the Joint Committee on Human Rights’ damning assessment of the Government’s terrifying Secret Justice Green Paper.

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Liberty welcomes influential committee’s call for urgent extradition reform

30 March 2012

Today Liberty welcomed the House of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee’s urgent call for a major overhaul of the UK’s unfair extradition arrangements with the US.

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Liberty holds extradition event to highlight student Richard O’Dwyer’s plight

22 March 2012

Liberty will stage a special event in Sheffield on Thursday 29th March to highlight the extradition ordeal of university student Richard O’Dwyer.

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Liberty represents mother-of-three in final attempt to halt her US extradition

07 March 2012

Today Liberty announced it will represent Eileen Clark in a last-ditch attempt to save the mother-of-three from extradition to the US.

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‘For Their Eyes Only’ – Liberty launches campaign against Government’s Justice and Security Green Paper

14 February 2012

Today Liberty launches their campaign, ‘For Their Eyes Only’, against the Government’s Justice and Security Green Paper. The Green Paper contains proposals which would allow future ministers to shut out the press, public and bereaved families from any court case where it is considered a public hearing could ‘cause damage to the public interest’. This could include actions arising from complicity in torture, inquests into deaths in custody, police negligence, compensation claims resulting from friendly fire – or any civil claim capable of embarrassing the authorities.

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