Press release archive

Cruel, unnecessary and unworkable: Liberty urges Rochdale Borough Council to abandon PSPO plans

22 March 2017

Liberty has written to Rochdale Borough Council urging it to abandon proposals that could criminalise the town’s most vulnerable people and curb residents’ civil liberties – with no public consultation.

The council is considering using a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) to introduce 10 separate criminal offences. PSPOs are disturbingly broad powers that let local authorities ban a huge range of activities.

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Met Police take John Worboys' victims back to court following "shameful" intervention from Theresa May

10 March 2017

The Metropolitan Police will next week argue in the Supreme Court that they should not be legally obliged to follow their own guidance and properly investigate serious crimes such as sexual assault and rape.

Liberty is intervening in the case of DSD and NBV – two victims of ‘black cab rapist’ John Worboys, who is thought to have sexually assaulted or raped more than 100 women between 2002 and 2008. The Met consistently failed to properly investigate reports of his crimes, allowing him to continue his attacks for years.

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Landmark same-sex pension equality hearing to begin as Liberty and John Walker take fight to Supreme Court

07 March 2017

Liberty client John Walker’s landmark legal battle to secure equal pension benefits for his husband and dramatically alter the landscape of LGBT rights in the UK reaches the Supreme Court tomorrow (8 March).

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Major victory for children's rights as Goverment drops plans to let councils opt out of child protection laws

02 March 2017

In a huge victory for children's rights campaigners Together for Children, a coalition of groups including Liberty, the Government is understood to have agreed to drop its plans to allow councils to exempt themselves from almost any duty imposed by children’s legislation passed in the last 80 years.

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Liberty response to House of Lords vote to secure EU citizens' rights after Brexit

01 March 2017

The House of Lords tonight voted by a majority of 102 for an amendment to the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill which would guarantee the rights of EU citizens to remain in the UK after Brexit.

Responding to the Government's defeat, Bella Sankey, Policy Director at Liberty, said: "Credit to the House of Lords tonight, as Peers of all political stripes and none stood on principle to protect the rights of EU nationals and their families.

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Liberty: MoD's "nakedly self-serving" attempt to grant itself immunity will put our soldiers at risk

01 March 2017

Liberty has called on the Ministry of Defence to drop plans to prevent servicemen and women from suing it for negligence, branding them “nakedly self-serving” in its response to the Government’s consultation on the measures.

Proposals for a new compensation scheme would bar soldiers and their families from seeking justice in an independent court when they or their loved ones suffer injury or death, meaning serious negligence or failings on the MoD’s part would never be brought to light.

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Liberty begins legal proceedings in People vs Snoopers’ Charter challenge

28 February 2017

Liberty has today issued a landmark legal challenge against the Government’s extreme mass surveillance regime, setting in motion a judicial review of the Investigatory Powers Act.

Liberty is challenging the unprecedented “bulk” surveillance powers contained in the Act – which lets the state monitor everybody’s web history and email, text and phone records, and hack computers, phones and tablets on an industrial scale.

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Refugee campaigners condemn decision to let notorious G4S run new family detention unit

24 February 2017

A group of 48 organisations including Liberty, UNICEF and the Refugee Council has demanded the Government urgently strengthen oversight of a new detention unit for migrant families – after G4S was handed the contract to run it.

The Refugee Children’s Consortium called the Home Office’s decision to award the contract to the infamous global security firm “deeply troubling”.

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Landmark case on disproportionate criminal records disclosure scheme reaches Court of Appeal

21 February 2017

  • High Court backed Liberty’s argument that the scheme breaches people’s rights

The Court of Appeal will this week consider the Government’s appeal to a High Court ruling that part of its criminal records disclosure scheme is unlawful.

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Planned Espionage Act would "silence whistle-blowers and gag our press"

13 February 2017

The Law Commission has proposed that the maximum prison sentence for whistleblowers should be raised and the definition of espionage should be expanded to include obtaining sensitive information, as well as passing it on - and has claimed that groups including Liberty were consulted on the plans.

Martha Spurrier, Director of Liberty, said: “It’s disturbing that the Law Commission considers a single meeting adequate consultation to inform such drastic and dangerous proposals. We don’t – and we will be submitting a thorough response to the public consultation.

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