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Refugee rights take centre stage at Liberty Human Rights Awards 2016

27 October 2016

The UK’s response to the refugee crisis was under the spotlight last night as Liberty recognised campaigners, lawyers and young activists for their commitment to protecting and promoting the rights of others at its annual Human Rights Awards.

The event – hosted by comedian, activist and journalist Mark Thomas – saw the inaugural presentation of the Jo Cox ‘More in Common’ Award.

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Liberty urges Lords to back better justice for troops by extending IPCC oversight to military police

26 October 2016

The House of Lords could take a vital step towards a fair and independent justice system for UK troops today as they debate proposals to bring the three military police forces under the civilian system of police oversight.

An amendment to the Policing and Crime Bill, tabled by Liberal Democrat peers Baroness Jolly and Lord Paddick, would extend the remit of the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) to include oversight of military police forces – a move for which Liberty, military families and many others have called for years.

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Parents of Private Cheryl James and Birmingham pub bombings campaign group to receive Liberty Human Rights Awards after decades fighting for the truth

25 October 2016

The parents of Private Cheryl James and the relatives of the victims and survivors of the 1974 Birmingham pub bombings will be recognised at tomorrow night’s Liberty Human Rights Awards for the decades they have spent fighting for answers.

The ‘Long Walk’ Award recognises those who have spent many years seeking truth and justice. This year’s ceremony will see two presented – to both Des and Doreen James and Justice4the21.

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Royal Military Police formally apologises to family of late Corporal Anne-Marie Ellement for failing to properly investigate her allegation of rape

19 October 2016

The Royal Military Police (RMP) has formally apologised to the family of Corporal Anne-Marie Ellement for failing to properly investigate the allegation of rape she made two years before taking her own life, following the threat of legal action by the family.

In a statement released today, the RMP – the Army’s internal police force – admits that “mistakes were made” in the investigation and that “Anne-Marie deserved better”.

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Second fresh Deepcut inquest granted: High Court orders new investigation into 1995 death of Private Sean Benton

14 October 2016

The High Court has today ordered a fresh inquest into the death of Private Sean Benton – more than 20 years after he died while undergoing training at Deepcut barracks.

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Liberty responds to new figures demonstrating huge leap in incidents of hate crime

13 October 2016

Responding to new figures released today demonstrating a rise in incidents of hate crime across all areas in recent months, Martha Spurrier, Director of Liberty, said:

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Criminalising homelessness by the back door: Liberty urges Newcastle City Council to ditch unjustified PSPO plans

12 October 2016

Liberty has written to Newcastle City Council urging it to abandon plans that would penalise the poorest and most vulnerable people in the city.

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Liberty responds to Home Secretary's address to Conservative Party Conference

04 October 2016

In response to Amber Rudd's speech to the Conservative Party Conference this afternoon outlining the Government's immigration policy, Martha Spurrier, Director of Liberty, said:

"How disappointing to see the new Home Secretary settle for more of the same - the approach that has succeeded only in stoking fear and division in our communities.

"Migrants and BAME people are suffering unprecedented verbal and physical abuse on our streets as a direct result of stigmatising speeches like this.

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Dangerous and incoherent: Liberty condemns Government plan to cover up its own failings by removing human rights protections for troops and civilians

04 October 2016

The Government has today announced it intends to create a ‘presumption of derogation’ from the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) in future conflicts – a move that would leave both UK soldiers and foreign civilians at risk of human rights abuses.

The European Convention is the fundamental, effective safeguard against the abuses of power which can occur during wartime. It protects those who serve in the UK’s military from neglect or abuse at the hands of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) – and requires our soldiers to respect the rights of others.

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Campaigning organisations and social care experts unite to oppose Government plans to let councils “opt out” of 80 years of child protection laws

29 September 2016

Forty organisations and experts in children’s social care have joined forces to oppose dangerous plans to let councils exempt themselves from almost any duty imposed by children’s legislation passed in the last 80 years.

Proposals in the Children and Social Work Bill – to be debated in the House of Lords next month – will allow individual councils to be excused from legal duties towards vulnerable children, young people and families, in order to test whether deregulation should be given the green light nationally.

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