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Undemocratic, unlawful and discriminatory: civil liberties and race relations groups slam Met’s plan for controversial facial recognition technology at Notting Hill Carnival

16 August 2017

Civil liberties and race relations groups have demanded the Metropolitan Police Service abandon plans to deploy cameras equipped with facial recognition technology at this month’s Notting Hill Carnival.

The coalition – which includes Liberty, Privacy International, StopWatch and Black Lives Matter – has written to the Met, warning that scanning the faces of thousands of attendees and capturing their images has no basis in law, could lead to discriminatory policing, and represents a gross violation of carnival-goers’ privacy.

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Discrimination, plain and simple: Liberty intervenes in case of couple fighting for legal recognition of humanist weddings in Northern Ireland

11 August 2017

Human rights group Liberty has intervened in the case of a couple fighting for humanist weddings to be legally recognised in Northern Ireland.

Model Laura Lacole and her husband, Leeds United footballer Eunan O’Kane, married in June after winning the right to have their humanist wedding recognised by law.

Their victory in the High Court in Belfast put humanist ceremonies on an equal footing with religious and civil services.

But the Attorney General for Northern Ireland and the Department of Finance have appealed against the High Court’s decision.

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Charities demand compensation for sexually abused children

18 July 2017

Sexually exploited children are being refused compensation by a Government agency on the grounds they ‘consented’ to their abuse, reveals a charity coalition.

Their findings out today show child sexual abuse victims as young as 12 are being denied compensation by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA), even if their attackers have been jailed.

The charity coalition, which includes Barnardo’s, Victim Support and Liberty, has written to the Justice Secretary David Lidington, demanding the government urgently reviews CICA’s guidelines.

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Damning IPCC report exposes “fundamentally flawed” Derbyshire Police bail procedure

13 July 2017

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has severely criticised Derbyshire Police over their past bail procedures following a complaint by the family of Jagdip Randhawa – who died after being punched by a boxer who was on bail for a previous serious assault.

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Repeal Bill: Liberty and Amnesty International UK’s joint response

13 July 2017

Liberty and Amnesty International UK today jointly call on the Government to ensure the Brexit process does not roll back the rights and freedoms of people in the UK – and to include this formal commitment in the text of the Repeal Bill.

The Bill, published today, includes worryingly broad powers for ministers to alter laws without parliamentary scrutiny and contains no guaranteed protections for human rights. Worse, it threatens to take away the protections of the Charter of Fundamental Rights.

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John Walker wins Supreme Court battle – ending pension inequality for same-sex couples

12 July 2017

Liberty client John Walker has today won his five-year legal battle to secure equal pension benefits for his husband – in a landmark case that could change the lives of thousands of couples across the UK.

The Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that an exemption in the Equality Act – letting employers exclude same-sex partners from spousal benefits paid into pension funds before December 2005 – is discriminatory and breaches EU equality laws.

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Liberty condemns Government approach to Grenfell Tower immigration cases and calls for permanent amnesty

10 July 2017

The only way to ensure undocumented survivors can access the help and support they so desperately need is to grant them a permanent amnesty. It is the least this Government can do.

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Supreme Court to rule on John Walker’s landmark fight for same-sex pension equality

07 July 2017

The Supreme Court will hand down its judgment on John Walker’s landmark legal battle to secure equal pension benefits for his husband on Wednesday 12 July.

Mr Walker is challenging an exemption in the Equality Act which lets employers exclude same-sex civil partners and spouses from spousal benefits paid into a pension fund before December 2005. . 

Mr Walker retired from chemical group Innospec in 2003 after more than 20 years – during which he had made the same pension scheme contributions as his heterosexual colleagues.

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Liberty gets go-ahead to challenge Snoopers’ Charter in the High Court

30 June 2017

The High Court has granted Liberty permission to challenge part of the Government’s extreme mass surveillance regime with a judicial review of the Investigatory Powers Act.

Liberty is challenging the mass collection of everybody’s communications data and internet history, which it believes breaches British people’s rights.

The Act forces communications companies and service providers to retain and hand over logs of everybody’s emails, phone calls, texts and entire web browsing history to state agencies to store, data-mine and profile at will.

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"The tide is clearly turning in the right direction” - Liberty responds to Government plans to fund abortions in England for women from Northern Ireland

29 June 2017

The Government has announced it will fund abortions in England for women arriving from Northern Ireland after Stella Creasy MP tabled an amendment to the Queen's Speech on the issue.

Martha Spurrier, Director of Liberty, said: “This incredible victory shows what Parliament can do. By working across parties, MPs can force the Government to do the right thing.

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