Why we're part of a coalition of human rights organisations taking on the UK Government's mass surveillance regime

Next week brings a watershed moment in the battle to protect our privacy rights and the rule of law against mass government surveillance.

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Government concessions for Grenfell Tower survivors: still far from humane

Yesterday afternoon the Home Office announced that survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire who have insecure immigration status will be allowed to apply to stay in the UK longer, and eventually for permanent residence – updating their initial paltry offer of a temporary 12-month stay.

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The long shadow of torture

The right not to face inhuman treatment or torture is one of the few absolute freedoms – it can never be justified and there are no exceptions, even during conflicts or the fight against terrorism. This precious value was first recognised in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and torture has long been forbidden under British law. The UK is also a signatory of the UN Convention Against Torture.

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Secret Courts threat graver than ever after Government overturns Lords amendments to the Justice and Security Bill

06 February 2013

Today Amnesty International, JUSTICE, Liberty and Reprieve warned that the threat of Secret Courts is graver than ever after Ministers defied the House of Lords and reverted back to the original version of the highly damaging Justice and Security Bill.

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Secret Courts plans under fire again

From Monday peers will again examine the odious Justice and Security Bill as it reaches Report Stage in the House of Lords. Encouragingly the Bill, which would introduce the controversial system of Closed Material Procedures (CMP) and Special Advocates into the wider civil law, is progressing under an increasingly dark cloud. This week the influential Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) insisted that the Government has made no case for the extension of CMP. Now plans for secret courts have also come under fire at an all-party parliamentary meeting arranged by Amnesty, Human Rights Watch, Justice, Liberty and Reprieve on Monday night.

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