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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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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Fairer pensions for all

Last month the major multi-national company Foster Wheeler Energy Ltd had a change of heart – with a little helping hand from Liberty – regarding the intricacies of its pension policy.

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Liberty warns against “secret justice” in civil cases against the Government

19 October 2011

Today Liberty warned against extending the principle of “secret justice” into ordinary civil cases against the Government. A new Green Paper on secret evidence proposes that ministers should be able to initiate closed proceedings in civil cases where the Government claims disclosure would compromise national security, put sources at risk or undermine so-called key partnerships.

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UK extradition arrangements – human rights abuses and hypocrisy

18 October 2011

Today Liberty rejected the main conclusions of the Scott Baker review of extradition laws. The review, which reported today, states that a new ‘forum’ rule - which means that the accused should be tried in the UK if the crime was committed here - is not necessary.

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Article 9: Freedom of religion

Article 9 of the Human Rights Act couldn’t be more British – it protects the fundamentally British liberty of freedom of thought, conscience and religion. People of all faiths must be free to express their beliefs provided they’re not hurting others – and that’s precisely where Article 9 comes in.

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Baha Mousa Inquiry delivers damning verdict on MoD’s “corporate failure”

08 September 2011

Today Liberty welcomed the Baha Mousa Inquiry’s findings that “corporate failure” at the Ministry of Defence was to blame for the banned interrogation methods that resulted in the death of the Iraqi civilian.

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Anyone for TPIMs - Control Orders with a twist?

On Monday afternoon MPs will be asked to pass a Bill which will continue one of the worst legacies of the ‘war on terror’ - punitive sanctions imposed on potentially innocent individuals without them ever being charged, prosecuted or sentenced for any crime.

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