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Royal Military Police formally apologises to family of late Corporal Anne-Marie Ellement for failing to properly investigate her allegation of rape

19 October 2016

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”.

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Second fresh Deepcut inquest granted: High Court orders new investigation into 1995 death of Private Sean Benton

14 October 2016

The High Court has today ordered a fresh inquest into the death of Private Sean Benton – more than 20 years after he died while undergoing training at Deepcut barracks.

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Liberty responds to new figures demonstrating huge leap in incidents of hate crime

13 October 2016

Responding to new figures released today demonstrating a rise in incidents of hate crime across all areas in recent months, Martha Spurrier, Director of Liberty, said:

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Criminalising homelessness by the back door: Liberty urges Newcastle City Council to ditch unjustified PSPO plans

12 October 2016

Liberty has written to Newcastle City Council urging it to abandon plans that would penalise the poorest and most vulnerable people in the city.

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Liberty responds to Home Secretary's address to Conservative Party Conference

04 October 2016

In response to Amber Rudd's speech to the Conservative Party Conference this afternoon outlining the Government's immigration policy, Martha Spurrier, Director of Liberty, said:

"How disappointing to see the new Home Secretary settle for more of the same - the approach that has succeeded only in stoking fear and division in our communities.

"Migrants and BAME people are suffering unprecedented verbal and physical abuse on our streets as a direct result of stigmatising speeches like this.

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Dangerous and incoherent: Liberty condemns Government plan to cover up its own failings by removing human rights protections for troops and civilians

04 October 2016

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.

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Campaigning organisations and social care experts unite to oppose Government plans to let councils “opt out” of 80 years of child protection laws

29 September 2016

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.

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Liberty's response to ruling that Lauri Love can be extradited

16 September 2016

District Judge Nina Tempia today ruled that Lauri Love can be extradited to the United States during a hearing at Westminster Magistrate's Court in London. Mr Love, who has Asperger syndrome, is alleged to have hacked into US Government computers in 2012 and 2013.

Responding to the news, Bella Sankey, Director of Policy for Liberty, said: “Where unlawful activity is alleged to have taken place in the UK, those suspected should be tried on UK soil – especially in cases of vulnerable people like Lauri Love.

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Jagdip Randhawa's family responds to inquest jury's conclusions in Article 2 inquest

09 September 2016

An inquest jury today concluded that failings at Leeds General Infirmary significantly contributed to the death of 19-year-old student, Jagdip Randhawa, who died after he was punched by a professional boxer.

Jagdip, a 19-year-old from Hounslow, died on 17 October 2011, five days after being punched by professional boxer Clifton Ty Mitchell. Mitchell was later convicted of manslaughter. An inquest into Jagdip’s death, which engaged Article 2 of the Human Rights Act, concluded today at Wakefield Coroner’s Court.

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Liberty's response to the announced closure of Dungavel detention centre

08 September 2016

The Home Office today announced that Dungavel immigration removal centre near Strathaven, South Lanarkshire, will close at the end of 2017. A replacement centre is to be built close to Glasgow Airport.

Rachel Robinson, Policy Officer for Liberty, said: "The closure of Dungavel, where hundreds of people are detained for the sheer convenience of the state, is an important milestone on the road to a more humane and compassionate immigration system. It's also a triumph for the taxpayer, who picks up the tab for one of Europe's largest detention estates.

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