“In the current climate, our new Justice Secretary should focus on providing unifying leadership – not pouring her energy, and yet more public money, into scrapping human rights and equality protections that are needed now more than ever.”
Liberty has criticised today’s report from the Government’s outgoing Reviewer of Terror Legislation, which falls far short of the impartial, probing and well-evidenced investigation into the necessity of ‘bulk’ powers so urgently required.
Lambeth Council has thrown its support behind Liberty and Help Refugees’ Protect Refugee Children pledge – confirming its commitment to resettling children in desperate need and calling on the Government to urgently play its part.
Liberty has written to the Home Office condemning unprecedented new guidance that would allow detainees at immigration removal centres to be placed in solitary confinement for being ‘stubborn’.
The Detention Services Order sets out the first ever guidelines for Home Office staff on the use of solitary confinement within immigration removal centres – where those appealing deportation can be held indefinitely.
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Liberty celebrated as his Government scrapped plans for ID cards, repealed stop and search without suspicion, reformed Britain’s DNA retention scheme and took the principled and landmark step of introducing equal marriage for same-sex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.