Brighton Progress

19 April 2012

The Brighton Declaration on reform of the Court of Human Rights, due to be finally agreed tomorrow morning, will make clear that primary responsibility for protecting human rights in the Council of Europe must rest with member countries themselves.

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Court of Human Rights prefers British style justice to Jordanian law

17 January 2012

Today two high profile decisions from the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg demonstrate contrasting faith in the legal system of the United Kingdom and distrust of Middle Eastern regimes where torture and evidence gained from it are widespread.

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Liberty and the Europe debate

The House of Commons back-bench Europe debate demonstrates how divisive an issue our relationship with the European Union remains in British politics.

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UK cannot opt out of human rights obligations in Iraq

07 July 2011

Today two landmark rulings focusing on the controversial and ill-fated war in Iraq confirmed that the UK’s human rights obligations do extend beyond its borders to overseas conflicts.

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Supreme Court judgment - holding DNA of everyone arrested ‘unlawful’

18 May 2011

Today the Supreme Court declared the police policy of retaining the DNA of everyone arrested to be unlawful. However because of draft legislation in Parliament, the Court declined to order police to implement a lawful scheme until the Bill has passed.

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International human rights

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

In 1948, in the aftermath of the Second World War, the newly formed United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). In response to the atrocities committed before and during the War, the international community sought to define the rights and freedoms necessary to secure the dignity and worth of each individual.

The European Convention on Human Rights and the Council of Europe

Liberty response to Government's involvement in European Court of Human Rights torture case

11 July 2007

Liberty's response to the Government’s involvement in the Saadi v Italy case in the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights which will challenge the right not to be sent to a place of torture.

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Peace activist appeals to European Court against Westminster protest ban

19 June 2007

A peace activist arrested during an anti-war protest near Downing Street has appealed to the European Court of Human Rights to determine if the Government’s ban on spontaneous protest violates freedom of expression and assembly. Milan Rai, represented by the human rights group Liberty, was convicted under the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 (SOCPA) for organising an unauthorised demonstration within one kilometre of Parliament.

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Change now - before any more bereaved families face this struggle for truth

31 March 2003

Liberty's report 'Deaths in Custody - reform and redress' published today.

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Liberty Wins Key CCTV Privacy Case

28 January 2003

Roger Bingham, Press OfficerThe European Court of Human Rights today ruled that a British local council had acted illegally in passing footage of a suicidal man to a TV company for broadcast.

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