Press release archive

Liberty responds to leaked plans to scrap Human Rights Act

08 November 2015

Government plans to scrap the Human Rights Act have been leaked to The Sunday Times. Responding, Director of Liberty Shami Chakrabarti said:

"One year on and Gove's blueprint is no more coherent than the Grayling plan. No protection for our service men and women so often sent across the world in the name of human rights. What a deplorable message to send on Remembrance Sunday."

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Tracking, hacking and lip-service to safeguards: Liberty’s analysis of the Draft Investigatory Powers Bill

04 November 2015

  • Bill contains extensive new powers to track and hack – but few privacy safeguards
  • Liberty launches eight-point Safe and Sound plan for a secure and private Britain

The Draft Investigatory Powers Bill contains sweeping new powers for public bodies to track and hack British people’s communications – while failing to include the most basic privacy safeguards.

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Failure to balance privacy and surveillance: Liberty responds to the draft Investigatory Powers Bill

04 November 2015

Responding to the announcement of the draft Investigatory Powers Bill, Shami Chakrabarti, Director of Liberty, said: “After all the talk of climbdowns and safeguards, this long-awaited Bill constitutes a breath-taking attack on the internet security of every man, woman and child in our country.

“We must now look to Parliament to step in where Ministers have failed and strike a better balance between privacy and surveillance.”

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Serious questions remain: Liberty responds to Shaker Aamer's release

30 October 2015

Responding to the news of Shaker Aamer's release from Guantanamo Bay after 13 years in detention, Shami Chakrabarti, Director of  Liberty, said: "Shaker Aamer's release will bring huge relief to his family but serious questions remain.

"Why did it take us so many years to persuade our closest ally to behave decently? How many young Britons have been radicalised, at least in part, by kidnap, internment and torture in freedom's name?"

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Two men charged with rape of Anne-Marie Ellement

29 October 2015

The Director of Service Prosecutions Andrew Cayley CMG, QC has this afternoon issued the following statement:

"On 22 October 2015 I directed that ex-Corporal Thomas Fulton and ex-Corporal Jeremy Jones each be charged with two charges of rape of a female. In October 2011 the complainant, Anne-Marie Ellement, took her own life.  Both accused have now been formally charged."

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Government appeals High Court judgment that ruled DRIPA surveillance legislation unlawful

22 October 2015

The Government’s appeal against a High Court judgment that ruled its surveillance legislation unlawful will be heard today and tomorrow (22 and 23 October). The Government is challenging the July 2015 ruling, which upheld a challenge to the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act (DRIPA) brought by MPs David Davis and Tom Watson, represented by Liberty. 

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Dangerous, disproportionate, unlawful: Liberty calls on Newport City Council to scrap unjustified PSPO plans

05 October 2015

Liberty has today delivered a letter to Newport City Council urging it to abandon plans that constitute a major threat to civil liberties – and an affront to the city’s Chartist legacy.

A consultation into the Council’s proposed Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) closes today. As drafted, the Order would place a blanket ban on begging, rough sleeping and free leaflet distribution, among other activities.

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Liberty responds to Andy Burnham's and Lord Falconer's defence of the HRA at Labour conference

30 September 2015

Responding to today's party conference speeches by Andy Burnham MP and Lord Falconer, Bella Sankey, Director of Policy at Liberty, said:

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Liberty responds to Jeremy Corbyn's speech to the Labour party conference

29 September 2015

Responding to today's party conference speech by leader of the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn, Shami Chakrabarti, Director of Liberty, said:

"Britain loves an underdog and, whatever the future holds for the Labour Party, its new leader has spoken up for human rights and the vulnerable at home and abroad. He cited Maya Angelou and the Suffragettes, and attacked discrimination and abuse of power at every turn.

"We look forward to these words being honoured with practical policy in the days and years to come."

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Liberty welcomes Birmingham City Council’s decision to scrap shameful PSPO plans

16 September 2015

Liberty has welcomed Birmingham City Council’s decision to scrap plans for a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) that would have posed a major threat to protest rights and civil liberties.

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