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Next Government must abandon plans for “authoritarian” Espionage Act that could see journalists jailed for embarrassing politicians

10 May 2017

Liberty has called on the next Government to abandon the Law Commission’s proposals for an Espionage Act which could see journalists and whistleblowers jailed for years if they reveal information that merely embarrasses ministers.

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Court of Appeal rules criminal records disclosure scheme unlawful

03 May 2017

The Government’s criminal records disclosure scheme is disproportionate and breaches people’s right to privacy, the Court of Appeal has ruled today.

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Liberty responds to announcement Lauri Love can appeal against his extradition

25 April 2017

Kaim Todner, solicitors for alleged hacker Lauri Love, have announced in a statement today that they have obtained permission for Mr Love to appeal against his extradition to the United States.

Liberty has been granted permission to intervene in the appeal.

Silkie Carlo, Policy Officer for Liberty, said: “Liberty welcomes the news that Lauri has been granted permission to appeal against his extradition. This hearing will be an important test of the extradition protections Theresa May introduced following Gary McKinnon’s case.

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Self-serving, misleading and dangerous: Liberty condemns Government’s plan to shirk human rights obligations in future armed conflicts

06 April 2017

Government plans to abandon its European Convention on Human Rights obligations during future conflicts are unlawful, incoherent, wilfully misleading and designed to protect the Ministry of Defence from scrutiny, Liberty has warned today.

In October 2016, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced its intention to create a ‘presumption of derogation’ from the Convention (ECHR) during all future conflicts taking place abroad. None of the other 46 countries signed up to the ECHR has ever taken this step.

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“Gaping holes where our rights should be”: Liberty’s analysis of the Great Repeal Bill white paper

30 March 2017

Liberty has today produced a damning analysis of the Government’s white paper on the Great Repeal Bill – which risks leaving UK residents with far fewer rights than they currently have.

Under these proposals, the Bill – which should be used solely to incorporate and provide a foundation for EU laws – could be used by Ministers to ride roughshod over UK citizens’ human rights.

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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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