Press release archive

Liberty's response to Lord Chancellor Michael Gove's comments to Commons Justice Committee

15 July 2015

Giving evidence to the Commons Justice Committee this morning, Lord Chancellor Michael Gove said he could not give a "100 per cent guarantee" that the UK would remain a signatory to the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) under the Government's plans to repeal the Human Rights Act. 

Mr Gove said: "The rights contained and articulated in the Convention are admirable but we have got to make sure they apply in a context where people believe that the culture of human rights is not being abused."

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Liberty continues fight for same-sex pension equality

29 June 2015

Liberty client John Walker’s legal battle to secure equal pension benefits for his husband continues this week in the Court of Appeal.

Mr Walker retired from chemicals group Innospec in 2003, having worked for the company for more than 20 years. He began his relationship with his now husband in 1983. The couple entered into a civil partnership in January 2006, which they have recently converted into a marriage. Mr Walker wants to ensure that, should he die first, his husband will be adequately provided for. 

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Magna Carta: the Prime Minister could give a masterclass in bare-faced cheek

15 June 2015

Responding to the Prime Minister's speech at Runnymede to mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, Director of Liberty Shami Chakrabarti said:

"The Prime Minister could give a masterclass in bare-faced cheek, using Magna Carta day to denigrate our Human Rights Act. But we will take no lessons in rights and freedoms from a leader ‎who wants to dilute them to the detriment of everyone in the UK and wider watching world."

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“Undemocratic, unnecessary and – in the long run – intolerable”: Government reviewer condemns Britain’s snooping laws

11 June 2015

Liberty has welcomed the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation’s call for a fundamental overhaul of the laws governing State surveillance.

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Liberty calls for Oxford City Council to scrap unlawful plans to criminalise homeless people and buskers

11 June 2015

Liberty has today delivered a letter to Oxford City Council calling on its leaders to ditch unlawful plans to criminalise homeless people and buskers.

At its meeting this evening, the Council’s Executive Board will consider proposals to introduce a new Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO). If given the green light, the Order will ban sleeping in public toilets and “persistent begging” – defined by the authority as begging “on more than one occasion”. 

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The ‘most dangerous women in Britain’ unite to save the Human Rights Act

04 June 2015

Today Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Director of Liberty Shami Chakrabarti met to discuss how to save the Human Rights Act – under threat from Government plans to scrap it.

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High Court to hear Liberty’s legal challenge to Government’s “emergency” surveillance law

03 June 2015

Liberty’s legal challenge to the Government’s surveillance law, on behalf of MPs David Davis and Tom Watson, will be heard by the High Court on Thursday 4 and Friday 5 June.

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Liberty responds to David Cameron's PMQs comments on the Human Rights Act

03 June 2015

At Prime Minister's Questions today, David Cameron was asked by Conservative MP Andrew Mitchell to make clear that he had no plans to withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights. 

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Queen’s Speech 2015 - Plans for repeal of Human Rights Act on hold, but privacy and free speech under threat

27 May 2015

Today the Government appeared to delay plans to replace the Human Rights Act with a British Bill of Rights and Responsibilities. While many of the Conservative manifesto commitments were in the legislative agenda, the Queen's speech said only that ‘proposals’ would be brought forward for a British Bill of Rights.

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Stars unite in condemnation of Government plans to scrap our Human Rights Act

27 May 2015

Stars of stage and screen have joined Liberty and its members in calling on the Government to scrap plans to repeal the Human Rights Act.

In a series of short films, actors Benedict CumberbatchIndira VarmaDavid HarewoodSimon Callow and Vanessa Redgrave have lent their voices to the stories of ordinary people who have held the powerful to account using human rights laws. 

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