European Court of Human Rights to hear landmark challenge to UK Government mass surveillance

06 November 2017

The case is the latest stage in a protracted effort from the organisations to challenge the UK’s extremely wide-ranging surveillance powers following startling revelations by the US whistleblower Edward Snowden. 

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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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Privacy matters

“Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence”.

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Iraq, Secret Courts and bogus intelligence

Dozens of people have been killed and many more injured in a series of car bomb attacks in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. It is a devastating way to mark today – the tenth anniversary of the US-UK led invasion. With the passing of a decade comes yet more bloodshed.

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My HRA: Janet Alder

Last week we blogged about the Home Affairs Select Committee’s scathing report on the Independent Police Complaints Commission, which painted a bleak picture of an overwhelmed body incapable of delivering the necessary scrutiny – not least of deaths in custody.

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Court of Human Rights delivers common-sense judgment on religious freedom and equal treatment

15 January 2013

Today the European Court of Human Rights recognised that British Airways employee Nadia Eweida was discriminated at work because of her faith. But the Court also rightly maintained that staff must not discriminate against others at work by dismissing two other claims.

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Prisoner voting and the Rule of Law

Today Justice Secretary Chris Grayling presented draft legislation on prisoner voting to the House of Commons. The long-running debate in Parliament rumbles on concerning a European Court of Human Rights ruling that the UK’s existing blanket ban is unlawful. The deadline for complying with the judgment passes tomorrow.

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Doing the shuffle

Ken Clarke may be a national treasure but so is Britain’s internationally-admired justice system. We hope that following today’s reshuffle he remains a staunch friend of the Human Rights Act and penal reform at the Cabinet table but also worry that his past positions on legal aid and secret courts leave a dangerous legacy for access to justice in our country.

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Section 44 - 12 years on

During the last decade or so the UK has been the stage for a legislation extravaganza in the name of counter-terrorism and national security. Such laws, often hastily passed and draconian in nature, have been the source of much debate. Twelve years ago today Parliament passed the first in this controversial series of statutes – the Terrorism Act 2000.

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Liberty intervenes in European Court case over French ‘burqa ban’

21 May 2012

Today Liberty announced it is intervening in the European Court of Human Rights case concerning the criminalisation of face coverings in France.

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