Press release archive

Appeal for information regarding the death of Cheryl James

11 September 2015

If you have any information about the death of Cheryl James, please email militaryjustice@liberty-human-rights.org.ukThis information will be passed on to the Coroner.

The Coroner has given an assurance that anyone who does wish to give evidence about this death would be highly unlikely to be prevented from doing so by the Official Secrets Act.

Below is the full statement read by Cheryl's father Des James following yesterday's Pre-Inquest Review at Surrey Coroner's Court:

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Human Rights Awards 2015: Liberty recognises fearless activists at the forefront of the battle for our rights

08 September 2015

Liberty has honoured the pioneering activists, young campaigners, artists and lawyers who work tirelessly to champion fundamental freedoms at our 2015 Human Rights Awards.

This year’s event celebrated the achievements of individuals and organisations who continue the fight to end injustice, neglect and abuse, undeterred by an unprecedented attack on the post-war human rights consensus – the threat to our Human Rights Act.

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Trade Union Bill represents major attack on civil liberties in the UK

07 September 2015

Liberty, the British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) and Amnesty International UK have today published a joint statement condemning proposals in the Government's forthcoming Trade Union Bill:

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Professor Sir Bob Hepple QC

27 August 2015

Liberty is profoundly saddened to hear of the death of anti-apartheid activist, human rights campaigner and eminent academic Professor Sir Bob Hepple QC.

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Liberty Human Rights Awards: 2015 shortlist announced

25 August 2015

The nominees for the Liberty Human Rights Awards, announced today, include ground-breaking activists, fearless young campaigners, lawyers and artists who have been at the forefront of the fight for human rights and civil liberties in 2015.

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Ai Weiwei

31 July 2015

Responding to the Home Office's decision not to grant a six-month visa to Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, Mairi Clare Rodgers, Campaigns Coordinator for Liberty, said: 

“The artist Ai Weiwei has been beaten, detained and harassed by the Chinese authorities for his criticism of that Government. If his work is good enough for display in the UK, surely the artist himself is worthy of a six-month visa. 

"Shouldn’t the Culture Secretary speak to his Home Office counterpart if Britain wants to be a centre of culture and freedom in the world?”

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Liberty responds to reports GCHQ is spying on MSPs and other devolved representatives

24 July 2015

Responding to revelations in today's Daily Record that GCHQ has amended the scope of the Wilson Doctrine to allow it to intercept the communications of members of the devolved administrations, James Welch - Legal Director for Liberty - said: 

"Do the Intelligence Services think the Scottish Parliament is less of a Parliament?  Do they think Scots deserve less protection of their privacy when communicating with MSPs rather than their Westminster counterparts? 

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A shameful restriction on protest rights - Liberty urges Birmingham City Council to scrap PSPO plans

21 July 2015

Liberty has today delivered a letter to Birmingham City Council urging it to abandon plans that would pose a significant threat to protest rights and civil liberties.

The letter is addressed to Councillor James McKay, Cabinet Member for Inclusion and Community Safety, who is currently considering whether to put a proposed Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) before the Council for a final decision and, if so, what its provisions should be.

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South African activists urge UK Government not to repeal Human Rights Act

19 July 2015

On the weekend of Nelson Mandela's birthday, a group of prominent South Africans – among them eminent anti-apartheid activists, politicians, artists, lawyers and academics – have united to urge the UK Government to reconsider plans to repeal our Human Rights Act in the light of their own national experience.

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Davis and Watson DRIPA challenge: Government surveillance law is unlawful, High Court rules

17 July 2015

Surveillance legislation rushed through Parliament by Ministers in a matter of days is unlawful, the High Court has ruled today.

In a challenge brought by MPs David Davis and Tom Watson, represented by Liberty, the Court found that sections 1 and 2 of the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014 (DRIPA) are incompatible with the British public’s right to respect for private life and communications and to protection of personal data under Articles 7 and 8 of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.

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