Liberty at the SNP conference: Unequivocal support for HRA

Liberty’s inaugural fringe event at the SNP Conference took place on Friday in Aberdeen. Chaired by the Guardian’s Scotland correspondent Libby Brooks, a packed audience questioned MSPs Alex Neil and Humza Yousef, MP Joanna Cherry, and Liberty’s Director Shami on a range of issues covering Scotland, the UK, and international affairs.

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The Human Rights Act

The Human Rights Act is a UK law passed in 1998. It lets you defend your rights in UK courts and compels public organisations (including the Government, police and local councils) to treat everyone equally, with fairness, dignity and respect.

My HRA: Rachael Cox

It’s been a busy week for CRB checks, with the Court of Appeal ruling that automatic disclosure of all convictions and cautions is incompatible with the Human Rights Act. So today, the latest blog on our new series of Common Values films features mother-of-five Rachael Cox, whose life was blighted by the CRB system.

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Blanket criminal records system incompatible with right to privacy

25 January 2013

Today the Court of Appeal revealed it has concluded the system of criminal records checks, which requires automatic disclosure of all convictions and cautions to certain employers, regardless of their relevance to the job in question, is incompatible with Article 8 of the Human Rights Act – the right to a private and family life. It circulated a draft judgment to that effect in December in the case of ‘T’, but the Court’s conclusion had not been revealed publicly until today.

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My HRA: Diane Blood

This week, the latest in our blog series on our new short films showcasing the importance of the Human Rights Act focuses on mother-of-two Diane Blood. Her sons were born in miraculous circumstances after her husband’s death. When it came to getting him legally recognised as the boys’ father, the HRA came to the rescue.

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My HRA: Nicholas Mercer

Last week we began our latest blog series on the Liberty website, to promote our new short films which highlight the importance of the Human Rights Act. The videos, launched as part of our Common Values campaign, focus on the stories of people from all walks of life who’ve seen the benefit of the legislation’s vital protections. This second instalment deals with the experiences of Nicholas Mercer.

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The Great Bill of Rights Commission Shambles

18 December 2012

Another chapter in Coalition rows over Constitutional reform ended today with the conclusion of its 18-month commission on a British Bill of Rights. The final report exposed deep divisions. Labour Peer and leading civil liberties lawyer Baroness Helena Kennedy of the Shaws QC and Lib Dem International Law Professor Philippe Sands QC produced a minority dissent defending the Human Rights Act and European Convention on Human Rights.

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Liberty welcomes Government plans to legalise same-sex marriage

11 December 2012

Today Liberty welcomed the Government’s plans to legalise same-sex civil marriage and same-sex marriage in places of worship – without obliging religious denominations to hold such ceremonies.

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Liberty at the Labour Party Conference

Welcoming a huge crowd of delegates to Liberty’s 2012 Labour fringe, Shami reminded the audience that Labour was the party of the hunger marchers, non discrimination law, and - to spontaneous applause - the Human Rights Act. Is there “Equality under the Law?” in 2012 she asked our panellists. And in front of packed a room in the Midland Hotel the panel gave their answers citing secret courts, legal aid cuts, Government surveillance plans and blacklisting of construction workers as threats and scandals that must be challenged.

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A Convention of Common Values

Today marks the 59th anniversary of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) – the international treaty which protects fundamental freedoms throughout Europe – coming into force.

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