Press release archive

Liberty responds to Home Secretary's speech calling for withdrawal from the European Convention on Human Rights

25 April 2016

It was only a matter of time before the ECHR got dragged into the EU referendum debate. But the Convention doesn’t bind Parliament and – despite Theresa May’s best efforts at mud-slinging and myth-spreading over the years – the case for remaining a signatory is unequivocal.

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MPs to consider vital amendments to the Immigration Bill

25 April 2016

MPs could secure crucial reforms which would provide basic protections for vulnerable people when they vote on the Immigration Bill today.

Liberty is campaigning for a number of changes which would inject some much-needed compassion into an otherwise divisive and counter-productive piece of legislation.

The House of Commons will consider a series of amendments made to the Bill by Peers earlier this month. The Lords voted in favour of amendments to:

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Two men acquitted of rape of Anne-Marie Ellement

20 April 2016

Two former soldiers have today been acquitted of the rape of Corporal Anne-Marie Ellement.

Emma Norton, lawyer for Liberty who represents Anne-Marie Ellement's family, said: 

"Today two soldiers have been acquitted of the rape of the late Corporal Anne-Marie Ellement. The verdict of the court is respected and accepted. It is now more than six years since Anne-Marie reported being raped and it is more than four years since she died.

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European Court of Justice to hear David Davis and Tom Watson’s challenge to DRIPA surveillance law

11 April 2016

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) will tomorrow (Tuesday 12 April 2016) consider critical questions around the lawfulness of state powers to require the bulk retention of people’s communications data, to which police and other authorities can authorise their own access.

The Court will hear a legal challenge brought by MPs David Davis and Tom Watson, represented by Liberty, as well as a case referred by the courts in Sweden, Tele2 Sverige v Post- och telestyrelsen.*

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Liberty appoints Martha Spurrier as its new Director

31 March 2016

Liberty has today announced the appointment of its new Director – campaigner and barrister Martha Spurrier.

Martha comes to Liberty with an exceptional track record in defending people’s rights, raising awareness of threats to fundamental freedoms and holding the state to account for neglect, abuse and mistreatment. She will join Liberty from Doughty Street Chambers, where she has specialised in defending access to justice and the rights of women, children and disabled people.

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Liberty seeks clarification on order criminalising use of “foul language” in Salford

02 March 2016

If someone uses foul and/or abusive language in the area covered by the PSPO, but there is no one present to hear it, will that amount to a criminal offence?

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The Investigatory Powers Bill is out: Liberty's response

01 March 2016

The Government has today published its Investigatory Powers Bill – just three weeks after three parliamentary committees recommended more than 120 major changes to the draft legislation.

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Dismantling of the Calais refugee camp: Liberty's response

29 February 2016

“The desperate need of refugees, including unaccompanied children, is being met with bulldozers and water cannon on our country’s doorstep – and our leaders continue to look away. The Government cannot keep relying on geographical accident to justify its moral abdication and avoid its obligations."

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Liberty: Essex Police must allow homelessness protest

18 February 2016

Liberty has written to Essex Police demanding it facilitate a local campaign group’s proposed march in protest of Chelmsford City Council’s planned Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO).

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Liberty to urge Exeter City Council to scrap unjustified PSPO plans

15 February 2016

Human rights campaigning organisation Liberty is deeply concerned that Exeter City Council’s proposed Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) will criminalise the city’s most vulnerable people.

A consultation into the Council’s plans closes at midnight on 29 February 2016. Liberty intends to respond to the consultation with a detailed analysis of how the PSPO will potentially lead to unjust, counterproductive and unlawful action being taken against homeless people.

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