Following the appointment of Amber Rudd as Home Secretary, Bella Sankey, Policy Director for Liberty said:
“Liberty congratulates Amber Rudd on her appointment as Home Secretary. Bound by an unrealistic immigration target, the previous administration resorted to displacement activity that made Britain more ‘hostile’ for our diverse communities and continued the shocking system of indefinite immigration detention.
As David Cameron's time as Prime Minister comes to an end, Liberty reflects on his legacy.
At the beginning of David Cameron’s premiership, there was reason to be hopeful that some of the worst excesses of his predecessors’ War on Terror might be behind us, and that progress might be made with civil liberties.
Liberty celebrated as his Government scrapped plans for ID cards, repealed stop and search without suspicion, reformed Britain’s DNA retention scheme and took the principled and landmark step of introducing equal marriage for same-sex partners.
The family of Alice Gross have called for careful, targeted reform of the system for exchanging information about high-risk offenders across Europe, after the inquest into their daughter’s death exposed serious inadequacies.
Alice’s parents Ros Hodgkiss and Jose Gross, and her sister Nina Gross, also reiterated their request that those with an anti-immigration agenda not exploit her death to further their own aims. The family believe in freedom of movement and human rights – as did Alice, who grew up in a multicultural, multi-faith community in west London.
Ahead of MP Alistair Carmichael's adjournment debate on renditions this afternoon, Liberty has joined forces with Amnesty International, Freedom from Torture and Reprieve to call for a judicial inquiry into the UK's involvement in rendition and torture.
More than ten years have passed since the UK intelligence services took part in torture in the context of the US-led “war on terror”.
Liberty didn’t take a position in the referendum. We are a cross-party, non-party membership organisation. Our role is to campaign for tolerance and fairness and hold the powerful to account.
Now, as we look to the future, we must continue to assert the values we aspire to. Compassion, respect, tolerance, dignity, fairness and justice. Human rights values that unite us and can help build consensus and progress where there is division and fear.
Liberty has written to Defence Secretary Michael Fallon to request a public inquiry into physical and sexual abuse at the Surrey barracks.
The call comes in the wake of the inquest into the death of Private Cheryl James – who died at Deepcut in 1995 – which exposed to public scrutiny the toxic, violent and sexualised environment in which Cheryl and other young soldiers lived.