Inspirational human rights heroes from all walks of life were rewarded for their dedication at Liberty’s annual Human Rights Awards last night. Outstanding youngsters, campaigners, lawyers, activists and artists were recognised for their efforts in protecting and promoting the rights of others at the ceremony at Southbank Centre in London.
Liberty has announced it will represent an international coalition of partner human rights organisations in a new legal claim against the British Intelligence Services over their role in the ongoing privacy scandal.
Liberty has published its response to the Government’s irresponsible and unworkable new Immigration Bill, unveiled in the House of Commons earlier this month. Rather than attempting to fix an immigration system blighted by inefficiency and error, the Bill paves the way for even greater dysfunction and complexity.
In response to increasing restrictions on personal freedoms and civil protest, independent national human rights organisations from ten countries today launched the International Network of Civil Liberties Organisations (INCLO). They also released “Take Back the Streets: Repression and Criminalisation of Protest Around the World,” a collection of nine case studies showing patterns of police crackdown and abuse against peaceful assembly, accompanied by concrete recommendations to expand free speech.
This week a Liberty client subjected to years of forced domestic labour has received a full apology from the police force which initially failed to protect her from the abuse or to investigate her allegations of cruelty and violence.
On Sunday, David Miranda, the partner of Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, was detained for 9 hours at Heathrow airport. He was questioned under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000 and freed only when officers reached the legal time limit for either arresting or releasing him. His electronic equipment was confiscated and he had no access to publicly funded legal advice.