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Refuge and Liberty intervene in landmark domestic homicide case in Supreme Court in attempt to remove immunity which protects police from negligence claims

25 July 2014

On 28th and 29th July 2014, the national domestic violence charity Refuge is intervening - alongside Liberty - in a landmark case in the Supreme Court brought by the family of Joanna Michael, a young woman who was brutally murdered by her ex-partner, Cyron Williams, in August 2009.

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Liberty represents MPs David Davis and Tom Watson in legal challenge to Government’s “emergency” surveillance law

22 July 2014

Today Liberty announced it will seek a Judicial Review of the Government’s “emergency” surveillance law – on behalf of MPs David Davis and Tom Watson. The announcement comes days after the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014 (DRIP) was rushed through Parliament onto the statute book.

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Liberty and MPs David Davis and Tom Watson launch urgent response to Government’s “emergency” surveillance law

21 July 2014

(LONDON – 22 July 2014) – Liberty, together with MPs David Davis and Tom Watson, will announce an urgent response to the Government’s new “emergency” surveillance law at a press conference on Tuesday. The new development comes just days after the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014 – “DRIP” – was rushed through Parliament and onto the statute book inside just three days.

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Liberty representing family prosecuted for school absence

18 July 2014

Today Liberty announced it is representing James and Dana Haymore, who are being prosecuted for failing to ensure that their son “regularly attended school” on the basis of six days absence.

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New inquest ordered into Deepcut death

18 July 2014

Today the High Court ordered a fresh inquest into the death of Cheryl James. Cheryl, 18, was undergoing initial training at Deepcut Barracks in 1995 when she was found dead with a bullet wound between her right eye and the bridge of her nose. Liberty, which represents Cheryl’s parents Des and Doreen James, applied for a new inquest after using the Human Rights Act to secure access to documents held by the authorities about the teenager’s death.

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Security Services held to account over blanket surveillance in open court for the first time

14 July 2014

Today Liberty will appear at the Investigatory Powers Tribunal in its legal claim against the British Intelligence Services over the ongoing surveillance scandal. The group is bringing the claim on its own behalf and on behalf of a number of its partner organisations in other countries, including the ACLU.  The IPT is also hearing claims brought by Privacy International and Amnesty International.

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Emergency data law: A "debate for the future"?

10 July 2014

Responding to today's news that emergency legislation will be brought forward next week, allowing the state to maintain its access to personal data held by internet and phone companies, Shami Chakrabarti, Director of Liberty, said:

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Liberty calls for all rape allegations in the military to be handled by civilian police

02 July 2014

Today Liberty publishes a report on how to embed much-needed independence and fairness in the military justice system. It outlines the improvements required to give the rights of servicemen and women the same level of protection as those of civilians.

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Restraint training for deportations

26 June 2014

Today Immigration Minister James Brokenshire announced that security staff who carry out deportations are to be trained in new restraint techniques.

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Liberty supports Act for Change project to increase diversity in British TV

26 June 2014

The human rights group Liberty has pledged its support for new campaign group, The Act for Change Project. 

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