Press release archive

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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The Prime Minister's plans for EU citizens will make family life a privilege for those who can afford it

26 June 2017

Today the Government has published a paper laying out its plans to "safeguard the position" of EU citizens living in the UK.

Martha Spurrier, Director of Liberty, said: “This plan will take away EU citizens’ rights – full stop. No one ever voted for that.

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Liberty calls on Prime Minister to end uncertainty for EU nationals by guaranteeing their family, work and welfare rights

26 June 2017

Liberty has called on Theresa May to guarantee beyond doubt that EU citizens will retain all of their existing rights, as she sets out plans for them to be given “settled status” today.

The Prime Minister will present a paper to the House of Commons this afternoon, laying out details of a so-called “fair and serious offer”.

To offer real certainty to EU citizens and their families, the paper must guarantee that those in the UK at the agreed “cut-off point” will:

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"What kind of sovereignty is that?" - Liberty responds to the Queen's Speech

21 June 2017

Today's Queen's speech outlined the Government's plans for Brexit and countering terrorism.

On the Brexit plans, Martha Spurrier, Director of Liberty, said: “The people voted to leave the European Union, not to tear up their rights and freedoms. The Government must include a definitive clause in the Repeal Bill to guarantee that there will be no backsliding on rights.

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