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.
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.
Liberty is launching a landmark legal challenge to the extreme mass surveillance powers in the Government’s new Investigatory Powers 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.
Responding to revelations contained in a HMIC Report that more than 300 police officers have been accused of using their position to sexually exploit people, including victims of crime, Martha Spurrier, Director of Liberty, said:
The Government has ignored social workers, children’s rights campaigners, more than 100,000 members of the public and the House of Lords and revived plans to let councils opt out of more than 80 years of child protection laws.
Leaked Home Office documents have today revealed that Theresa May planned to 'deprioritise' school places for children of illegal migrants when Home Secretary.
Martha Spurrier, Director of Liberty, said: “This was a dangerous, mean-spirited and small-minded proposal. The Prime Minister should be building a fair, inclusive nation for us all – instead she still seems bent on fuelling mistrust and discrimination.