Liberty AGM 2012

We were delighted with the outstanding attendance at our Members’ Conference and Annual General Meeting on Saturday. On the hottest weekend of the year to date, Liberty supporters from across the country did us proud by giving up their time to flock in droves to the event.

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Exit the Bill of Rights house...

Over the weekend, the news “broke” (perhaps “cracked” or “seeped” is a more appropriate metaphor?), that a certain Dr Michael Pinto-Duschinsky will no longer be part of the Government’s Bill of Rights’ Commission. There are conflicting reports as to whether the good doctor walked or was pushed and sadly, we may never know whether Professor Plum did it in the library with the lead piping.

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78 years of Liberty

This week Liberty turned 78 years old. It’s hard to believe but it’s now been more than three quarters of a century since we were first formed as the National Council for Civil Liberties. That sounds like a long time, but the similarities between February 1934 and February 2012 are quite startling.

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This isn't fair - this isn't justice

The plights of Eileen Clark and Christopher Tappin are two further terrifying reminders of the dangers of lopsided instant extradition.

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Just security?

Huge thanks to everyone who has already been in touch about Liberty’s forthcoming campaign against the proposals in the Government’s “Justice and Security” Green Paper. The document might have been better titled “Just Security” with a cover edged in black to mourn the passing of centuries of open justice and equality before the law.

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Remembering the Holocaust

Today is Holocaust Memorial Day, when we remember those who died and suffered as a result of one the most notorious inhumanities in history. At Liberty we also remember the legacy of that atrocity; that the struggle against totalitarianism and genocide in Europe led to the international human rights framework that some of us treasure and others denigrate today.

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Torture: Whitewash won't wash

The DPP’s decision to conduct a criminal investigation into UK involvement in rendition to Libya only amplified the need for a proper independent judicial inquiry into our flirtations with torture. Less than a week later - it seems we might actually get one.

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Five actions for the festive season

2011 will go down in history as the year pro-democracy rebellions erupted across the Middle East. The hunger for basic rights and freedoms across the world should remind us all of the ever present need to protect and defend rights at home.

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The challenges may have doubled this Christmas - but so can your support for Human Rights

Season’s Greetings! If you are considering supporting Liberty’s work this festive season, now is your chance to make your donation stretch twice as far, at no extra cost to you.

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Article 5: Right to liberty

Article 5 of the Human Rights Act – the right to liberty – is one of the absolute cornerstones of the Rule of Law, which is fundamental to our democracy. This Article protects our right not to be arbitrarily deprived of our liberty.

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