Today's Queen's speech outlined the Government's plans for Brexit and countering terrorism.
On the Brexit plans, Martha Spurrier, Director of Liberty, said: “The people voted to leave the European Union, not to tear up their rights and freedoms. The Government must include a definitive clause in the Repeal Bill to guarantee that there will be no backsliding on rights.
The Supreme Court has today rejected an appeal by a mother and daughter in their legal battle for women from Northern Ireland to receive free abortions on the NHS in England.
Martha Spurrier, Director of Liberty, said: “This case centred on NHS charging – meanwhile the UN and the High Court in Belfast have been clear that Northern Ireland’s Victorian abortion laws violate the basic human rights of women and girls.
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.
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.
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.