Liberty has called on the Ministry of Defence to drop plans to prevent servicemen and women from suing it for negligence, branding them “nakedly self-serving” in its response to the Government’s consultation on the measures.
Proposals for a new compensation scheme would bar soldiers and their families from seeking justice in an independent court when they or their loved ones suffer injury or death, meaning serious negligence or failings on the MoD’s part would never be brought to light.
Liberty has today issued a landmark legal challenge against the Government’s extreme mass surveillance regime, setting in motion a judicial review of the Investigatory Powers Act.
Liberty is challenging the unprecedented “bulk” surveillance powers contained in the Act – which lets the state monitor everybody’s web history and email, text and phone records, and hack computers, phones and tablets on an industrial scale.
A group of 48 organisations including Liberty, UNICEF and the Refugee Council has demanded the Government urgently strengthen oversight of a new detention unit for migrant families – after G4S was handed the contract to run it.
The Refugee Children’s Consortium called the Home Office’s decision to award the contract to the infamous global security firm “deeply troubling”.
The Law Commission has proposed that the maximum prison sentence for whistleblowers should be raised and the definition of espionage should be expanded to include obtaining sensitive information, as well as passing it on - and has claimed that groups including Liberty were consulted on the plans.
Martha Spurrier, Director of Liberty, said: “It’s disturbing that the Law Commission considers a single meeting adequate consultation to inform such drastic and dangerous proposals. We don’t – and we will be submitting a thorough response to the public consultation.
Responding to the news that MPs tonight rejected an amendment to the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill which would have secured the rights of EU citizens to remain in the UK, Liberty Director Martha Spurrier said:
"MPs across the country have left thousands of their constituents in limbo tonight - but people's rights should never have come down to a vote.
Seven- and five-year-old brothers were held in isolation from other children – before their mother was spoken to by uniformed police. Liberty began legal action, arguing a white child would have been treated differently.
Liberty has called on the Prime Minister to strongly condemn Donald Trump’s sanctioning of torture when the pair meet tomorrow – after the US President’s plans to reverse the closure of Guantanamo Bay were revealed.
In a draft executive order signed yesterday, the President instructs the Pentagon to send newly captured "enemy combatants" to the Cuban-based prison, and sets out proposals for a major review of America's methods for interrogating terror suspects and for the possible reopening of CIA-run "black site" prisons outside the United States.
Responding to today's Supreme Court ruling that Parliament must vote on triggering the UK's exit from the European Union, Martha Spurrier, Director of Liberty, said:
“Our democracy hinges on two principles: no one is above the law and Parliament is supreme. Today's ruling upholds those principles. Thanks to our independent judges, Mrs May's Government will be exposed to the antiseptic of parliamentary scrutiny. This is not a political decision – it is our democracy in action.