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Refugee campaigners condemn decision to let notorious G4S run new family detention unit

24 February 2017

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”.

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Landmark case on disproportionate criminal records disclosure scheme reaches Court of Appeal

21 February 2017

  • High Court backed Liberty’s argument that the scheme breaches people’s rights

The Court of Appeal will this week consider the Government’s appeal to a High Court ruling that part of its criminal records disclosure scheme is unlawful.

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Planned Espionage Act would "silence whistle-blowers and gag our press"

13 February 2017

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.

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Liberty response to Commons vote on EU citizens' rights

08 February 2017

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.

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Liberty response to Commons report on asylum-seekers' accommodation

31 January 2017

The Commons Home Affairs Select Committee today released a report revealing the appalling conditions in which asylum seekers in the UK have been housed.

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Prevent duty must be scrapped: LEA admits discrimination after teachers call police over seven-year-old boy’s toy gun

27 January 2017

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. 

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Liberty demands Theresa May confront Donald Trump on torture plans during Washington visit

26 January 2017

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.

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"Democracy in action" - Liberty responds to Supreme Court ruling on Article 50

24 January 2017

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. 

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Liberty calls on parents to boycott today’s school census as Government attempts to build foreign children lists

19 January 2017

Liberty is calling on parents and guardians to thwart Government attempts to use pupil data to aid deportations by refusing to hand over children’s nationalities and countries of birth in today’s school census.

For the second time, the termly census of schoolchildren in England will ask for pupils’ birth countries and nationalities – a move which Liberty and other campaigners believe is an attempt to aid deportation of families by building “foreign children lists”, which can be trawled by the Home Office.

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Liberty response to ruling that Abdel Hakim Belhaj can claim damages over abduction

17 January 2017

Liberty has responded to today's Supreme Court ruling that Abdel Hakim Belhaj and his wife can seek damages from the Government over their claims that the UK participated in their abduction and rendition. The couple say they were tortured after their kidnap more than a decade ago.

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