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Victory for campaigners as “pay to protest” authorities back down

Authorities who demanded climate change campaigners fork out thousands of pounds to march peacefully in London have bowed to pressure from Liberty, protesters and the public and staged a dramatic u-turn.

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Liberty responds to IPT revelations over legally-privileged communications

Responding to the Government's concession that the intelligence agencies' policies for handling legally-privileged communications have breached human rights laws, Liberty's Legal Director James Welch said: 

"For the second time in a fortnight we learn how little respect the intelligence services have for personal privacy - and now legal process.

"Until there is a fundamental overhaul of the laws governing the security services, our privacy will never be safe."

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Intelligence sharing between UK and USA was unlawful, Tribunal rules

GCHQ acted unlawfully in accessing millions of people’s private communications collected in bulk by the USA’s National Security Agency, the Investigatory Powers Tribunal has ruled today.

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Liberty responds to police photo database revelations

"With scant regard for the law and no consultation, police have handed themselves an incredibly invasive tool capable of tracking millions of us irrespective of guilt or innocence."

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Scottish Government supports Liberty's Common Values campaign

The Scottish Government has reaffirmed its commitment to the Human Rights Act by offering its support to Liberty’s Common Values campaign. 

The campaign aims to broaden understanding and respect for human rights and counter the damaging myths and misunderstandings that have grown around them. 

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Joanna Michael: Family of domestic homicide victim can use Human Rights Act to sue police

Today the Supreme Court ruled that Joanna Michael’s family can bring a case against Gwent and South Wales Police forces - using the Human Rights Act.

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Liberty launches judicial review of fencing around Parliament Square Gardens

Liberty has launched a judicial review of the Mayor of London’s decision to fence off Parliament Square Gardens – preventing a number of planned peaceful demonstrations by Occupy Democracy from going ahead.

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Liberty responds to Joint Committee on Human Rights report

The Joint Committee on Human Rights has today published a report into the Government’s Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill, in which it expresses its opposition to any exclusion of UK nationals from the UK, even on a temporary basis. 

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MPs unite behind counter-terror amendment opposing exclusion orders

Today a cross-party amendment opposing the Government’s proposed temporary exclusion orders (TEO) has been tabled. TEOs would effectively exile British citizens by revoking their passports when outside of the UK  - and risk exposing them to torture or delivering them into the hands of terror factions.

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Simon Tonkin is named Liberty's '80th Writer'

Liberty has today announced that Simon Tonkin has won its ‘80th Writer’ competition for his poem, Calais Plage.
To mark 80 years of protecting rights and freedoms, Liberty invited 79 leading voices in literature, including Ali Smith, Malorie Blackman and Kathy Lette, to write an original piece inspired by the idea or word ‘Liberty’ – and launched a UK-wide contest to find a previously unpublished 80th writer to join the acclaimed line-up.

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