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Prevent duty must be scrapped: LEA admits discrimination after teachers call police over seven-year-old boy’s toy gun

27 January 2017

Seven- and five-year-old brothers were held in isolation from other children – before their mother was spoken to by uniformed police. Liberty began legal action, arguing a white child would have been treated differently. 

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Liberty demands Theresa May confront Donald Trump on torture plans during Washington visit

26 January 2017

Liberty has called on the Prime Minister to strongly condemn Donald Trump’s sanctioning of torture when the pair meet tomorrow – after the US President’s plans to reverse the closure of Guantanamo Bay were revealed.

In a draft executive order signed yesterday, the President instructs the Pentagon to send newly captured "enemy combatants" to the Cuban-based prison, and sets out proposals for a major review of America's methods for interrogating terror suspects and for the possible reopening of CIA-run "black site" prisons outside the United States.

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"Democracy in action" - Liberty responds to Supreme Court ruling on Article 50

24 January 2017

Responding to today's Supreme Court ruling that Parliament must vote on triggering the UK's exit from the European Union, Martha Spurrier, Director of Liberty, said:

“Our democracy hinges on two principles: no one is above the law and Parliament is supreme. Today's ruling upholds those principles. Thanks to our independent judges, Mrs May's Government will be exposed to the antiseptic of parliamentary scrutiny. This is not a political decision – it is our democracy in action. 

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Liberty calls on parents to boycott today’s school census as Government attempts to build foreign children lists

19 January 2017

Liberty is calling on parents and guardians to thwart Government attempts to use pupil data to aid deportations by refusing to hand over children’s nationalities and countries of birth in today’s school census.

For the second time, the termly census of schoolchildren in England will ask for pupils’ birth countries and nationalities – a move which Liberty and other campaigners believe is an attempt to aid deportation of families by building “foreign children lists”, which can be trawled by the Home Office.

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Liberty response to ruling that Abdel Hakim Belhaj can claim damages over abduction

17 January 2017

Liberty has responded to today's Supreme Court ruling that Abdel Hakim Belhaj and his wife can seek damages from the Government over their claims that the UK participated in their abduction and rendition. The couple say they were tortured after their kidnap more than a decade ago.

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The People vs the Snoopers’ Charter: Liberty launches crowdfunded legal challenge to indiscriminate state spying powers in Investigatory Powers Act

10 January 2017

Liberty is launching a landmark legal challenge to the extreme mass surveillance powers in the Government’s new Investigatory Powers 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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