Press release archive

Post-Brexit Trade Bill risks “handing our rights and our sovereignty to the highest international bidder” – Liberty and the Public Law Project

09 November 2017

Liberty and the Public Law Project have warned that the Government’s Trade Bill, which was quietly published on Tuesday, would allow ministers to unilaterally rewrite laws like the Equality Act and the Modern Slavery Act at the request of a foreign power.

The plans are the latest attempt by ministers to undermine democracy and bypass parliamentary scrutiny of the Brexit process, after the EU (Withdrawal) Bill and Data Protection Bill contained similar “Henry VIII” powers.

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Campaigners to challenge secret Home Office-NHS data-sharing deal that puts migrants off seeking vital medical help

09 November 2017

The Migrants’ Rights Network (MRN) is today launching a legal challenge to a secret data-sharing agreement between the Home Office, Department of Health and NHS that violates patient confidentiality and puts all migrants at risk.

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Government’s victim compensation agency formally apologises to Liberty client after ruling he consented to sexual abuse as a child

08 November 2017

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) has formally apologised to a young man who was groomed and sexually exploited from the age of 13, after it ruled he had “consented” to the abuse and denied him compensation.

CICA’s Chief Executive Carole Oatway has written to the man – known as HND – apologising for the way his case was handled and confirming that he is eligible for compensation.

She states: “I am firmly of the view that you are eligible for compensation. It is clear that advantage was taken of your age and vulnerability for the purpose of sexual abuse.”

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European Court of Human Rights to hear landmark challenge to UK Government mass surveillance

06 November 2017

The case is the latest stage in a protracted effort from the organisations to challenge the UK’s extremely wide-ranging surveillance powers following startling revelations by the US whistleblower Edward Snowden. 

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Changes are welcome, but risk of injustice remains - Liberty, Barnardo's and Victim Support respond to new compensation guidelines for victims of grooming

31 October 2017

In July 2017, Liberty, Barnardo's, Victim Support, Rape Crisis and the National Working Group revealed that child victims of grooming and sexual abuse were being refused compensation on the mistaken grounds they had consented to a relationship.

The coalition called on justice secretary David Lidington to review the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority's (CICA) guidelines which were causing these gross injustices.

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Campaigners condemn Government’s “shameless attempt” to strip millions of their privacy rights in new Data Protection Bill

24 October 2017

A clause smuggled into the Government’s new data protection law would create a two-tier, racially discriminatory data protection regime and undermine millions of people’s privacy rights, campaigners have warned today.

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Liberty to honour Northern Ireland abortion rights movement at Human Rights Awards – exactly 50 years after abortion was legalised in England, Scotland and Wales

24 October 2017

The Northern Ireland abortion rights movement will today receive a Liberty Human Rights Award for their five-decade fight for free, safe and legal abortions – exactly 50 years after they were legalised in the rest of the UK.

Alliance for Choice, the London-Irish Abortion Rights Campaign, lawyer and campaigner Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC and the Family Planning Association will collect the Long Walk Award tonight on behalf of all those who have fought and continue to fight for women and girls to have access to basic rights over their own bodies.

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Liberty responds to High Court ruling that Government's definition of torture for immigration detention purposes is unlawful

10 October 2017

Today the High Court has ruled the Government's narrow redefinition of torture in its immigration detention policy is unlawful, thanks to a case brought by Medical Justice.

Responding to the judgment, Martha Spurrier, Director of Liberty, said: 

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"Start by dismantling your own toxic legacy" - Liberty responds to the Government's racial disparity audit

10 October 2017

Responding to the Government's racial disparity audit, Martha Spurrier, Director of Liberty, said Theresa May should start by dismantling her own toxic legacy.

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Whistleblower, encryption pioneers, Girlguiding and an entire Welsh market town among courageous voices up for Liberty’s Human Rights Awards

09 October 2017

Liberty has today announced the shortlist for its 2017 Human Rights Awards – with an undercover journalist, encryption pioneers, Girlguiding members and the people of the Welsh town of Narberth among those nominated by the public. 

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