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.
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.
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?”
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?
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.
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.