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Liberty fights against handover of victims’ photographs to paedophile

11 April 2014

Today Liberty announced that it is representing a family who are requesting that intimate photographs of them are not returned to their abuser. 

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Prisoner books ban: Liberty to deliver the Justice Secretary a present on his birthday

31 March 2014

Human rights group Liberty will deliver a gift-wrapped present of a large box of books to the Justice Secretary, Chris Grayling, on his birthday – April Fools’ Day.

Liberty believes that forbidding prisoners from being sent books is ill-conceived, cruel and unjustifiable. The organisation hopes that the gift will serve to remind the Lord Chancellor of the vital importance of books and reading to everyone’s education, wellbeing and personal development.

Shami Chakrabarti, Liberty’s Director, said:

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Attorney General grants permission for fresh Deepcut inquest application

25 March 2014

Today the Attorney General gave consent for Liberty, acting on behalf of the family of Cheryl James, to apply to the High Court for a new inquest into her death. 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.

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Plans for a new Armed Forces Ombudsman fatally flawed

13 March 2014

Today the Secretary of State for Defence announced plans to create a Service Complaints Ombudsman to oversee the Armed Forces’ justice system. Liberty has long called for a properly independent and adequately empowered Armed Forces Ombudsman. The human rights group condemned today’s proposals as an Ombudsman in name only as the powers for this office are far too weak to provide much needed robust independent oversight.

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Liberty responds to announcement of public inquiry into undercover policing

06 March 2014

Responding to the Home Secretary's announcement of a new public inquiry into undercover policing following the Stephen Lawrence report, Shami Chakrabarti, Director of Liberty, said:

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Liberty responds to surveillance review announcement

04 March 2014

Responding to Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg's announcement that the Royal United Services Institute is to conduct an independent, expert review into surveillance, Shami Chakrabarti, Director of Liberty, said:

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Damning verdict in Ellement inquest underlines need for reforms

03 March 2014

Today the verdict was delivered in the inquest into the death of Anne-Marie Ellement, a Royal Military Police (RMP) Officer who killed herself after she alleged that she had been raped by two colleagues.

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MoD failure to release documents further delays investigation into soldier’s death

24 February 2014

Today a three-week inquest into the death of Corporal Anne-Marie Ellement, who killed herself in 2011, hit further delays.  Just two days before the verdict was due, the MOD admitted it had failed to disclose potentially relevant documentation to the Coroner and Anne- Marie’s sisters. 

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Happy birthday Liberty! 80 years of campaigning down to support of human rights group’s members

24 February 2014

Today Liberty celebrates 80 years of protecting civil liberties and promoting human rights. The organisation was founded on 24 February 1934, in response to the Hunger Marches of the 1930s.

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David Miranda detention lawful - High Court judgment demonstrates problem with overbroad Schedule 7 power

19 February 2014

Today the High Court found that David Miranda’s detention under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000 was lawful.

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