Press release archive

Liberty: Royal Charter inappropriate mechanism to implement press regulation

21 May 2013

Today Liberty responded to both the press and politicians’ proposals for press regulation, criticising the Royal Charter mechanism chosen by both for implementation - a vehicle more closely tied to Government than any Act of Parliament. A Royal Charter is constitutionally inappropriate, undemocratic, opaque and in no way fit for this purpose.

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Queen’s Speech 2013: Tough on tenants – but no “Snoopers’ Charter”

08 May 2013

Today Liberty responded with dismay as plans for double punishment of the vulnerable via immigration and ASBO changes were included in this year’s Queen’s Speech – but welcomed the dropping of the dreaded “Snoopers’ Charter”.

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Liberty welcomes guilty verdicts in forced labour abuse case

19 April 2013

Today, in Croydon Crown Court, three people were found guilty of the serious abuse of a domestic worker.

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Liberty: Bedroom tax breaches right to family life

21 March 2013

Today Liberty announced it will seek Judicial Review of the Government’s controversial new “bedroom tax” policy based on the impact on separated families with shared custody of children. The announcement comes days before the High Court is due to rule whether a challenge based on the effect on disabled people should be allowed to proceed.

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Metropolitan Police’s heavy restraint of severely autistic and epileptic child ‘unjustifiable’

14 February 2013

Today the Court of Appeal ruled that “nothing could justify” the way in which seven Metropolitan Police officers heavily restrained a severely autistic and epileptic child – known as “ZH” – while he visited a local swimming pool.

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Liberty brings judicial review of dangerous and excessive restraint policy

12 February 2013

Today Liberty will bring a judicial review of the restraint policy which applies to those being removed from the UK by aircraft.

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Secret Courts threat graver than ever after Government overturns Lords amendments to the Justice and Security Bill

06 February 2013

Today Amnesty International, JUSTICE, Liberty and Reprieve warned that the threat of Secret Courts is graver than ever after Ministers defied the House of Lords and reverted back to the original version of the highly damaging Justice and Security Bill.

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Victory for human rights as Court of Appeal rules blanket disclosure of criminal records disproportionate

29 January 2013

Today the Court of Appeal ruled that the automatic disclosure of all convictions and cautions on CRB checks, regardless of their relevance to the job in question, is disproportionate – and therefore incompatible with the right to private life under article 8 of the Human Rights Act. The judgment was due to be handed down on 21 December 2012, but in an unusual move the Court delayed making it public because the Government raised concerns about the implications of the judgment for the CRB system.

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Blanket criminal records system incompatible with right to privacy

25 January 2013

Today the Court of Appeal revealed it has concluded the system of criminal records checks, which requires automatic disclosure of all convictions and cautions to certain employers, regardless of their relevance to the job in question, is incompatible with Article 8 of the Human Rights Act – the right to a private and family life. It circulated a draft judgment to that effect in December in the case of ‘T’, but the Court’s conclusion had not been revealed publicly until today.

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Liberty intervenes in case of autistic child heavily restrained by Met Police

22 January 2013

This week Liberty intervened in the case of “ZH”, a severely autistic child who was heavily restrained by police officers while he visited a local swimming pool.

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