Press release archive

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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Private Sean Benton inquest WILL examine evidence of bullying at Deepcut barracks

20 September 2017

A coroner has today ruled that the fresh inquest into the death of Private Sean Benton in 1995 will examine wider allegations of bullying and abuse at Deepcut barracks.

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Repeal Bill must be urgently amended to protect people from Government rollback on fundamental rights after Brexit

05 September 2017

Liberty and Amnesty International are calling on MPs to add a People’s Clause to the Withdrawal Bill to stop ministers stripping away vital rights protections as they rewrite UK laws after Brexit.

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Liberty exposes secret data-sharing deal between Greater London Authority and Home Office to deport rough sleepers

20 August 2017

Human rights organisation Liberty has discovered the Greater London Authority (GLA) granted the Home Office secret access to a mapping tool allowing them to monitor and locate rough sleepers on the basis of their nationality.

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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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