The UK’s response to the refugee crisis was under the spotlight last night as Liberty recognised campaigners, lawyers and young activists for their commitment to protecting and promoting the rights of others at its annual Human Rights Awards.
The event – hosted by comedian, activist and journalist Mark Thomas – saw the inaugural presentation of the Jo Cox ‘More in Common’ Award.
The House of Lords could take a vital step towards a fair and independent justice system for UK troops today as they debate proposals to bring the three military police forces under the civilian system of police oversight.
An amendment to the Policing and Crime Bill, tabled by Liberal Democrat peers Baroness Jolly and Lord Paddick, would extend the remit of the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) to include oversight of military police forces – a move for which Liberty, military families and many others have called for years.
The parents of Private Cheryl James and the relatives of the victims and survivors of the 1974 Birmingham pub bombings will be recognised at tomorrow night’s Liberty Human Rights Awards for the decades they have spent fighting for answers.
The ‘Long Walk’ Award recognises those who have spent many years seeking truth and justice. This year’s ceremony will see two presented – to both Des and Doreen James and Justice4the21.
The Royal Military Police (RMP) has formally apologised to the family of Corporal Anne-Marie Ellement for failing to properly investigate the allegation of rape she made two years before taking her own life, following the threat of legal action by the family.
In a statement released today, the RMP – the Army’s internal police force – admits that “mistakes were made” in the investigation and that “Anne-Marie deserved better”.
The Government has today announced it intends to create a ‘presumption of derogation’ from the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) in future conflicts – a move that would leave both UK soldiers and foreign civilians at risk of human rights abuses.
The European Convention is the fundamental, effective safeguard against the abuses of power which can occur during wartime. It protects those who serve in the UK’s military from neglect or abuse at the hands of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) – and requires our soldiers to respect the rights of others.
Forty organisations and experts in children’s social care have joined forces to oppose dangerous plans to let councils exempt themselves from almost any duty imposed by children’s legislation passed in the last 80 years.
Proposals in the Children and Social Work Bill – to be debated in the House of Lords next month – will allow individual councils to be excused from legal duties towards vulnerable children, young people and families, in order to test whether deregulation should be given the green light nationally.