Liberty Director carries the Olympic Flag in opening ceremony of London 2012

27 July 2012

Tonight Shami Chakrabarti, Director of Liberty, participated in the opening ceremony of the London Olympic Games. The head of the campaign group joined human rights activists and athletes from across the globe in carrying the traditional Olympic flag into the stadium.

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World Refugee Day

Today we commemorate World Refugee Day, which sees the United Nations Refugee Agency co-ordinating a series of events to raise awareness of the plight of refugees worldwide. The celebrations are a timely reminder of the bravery and sacrifices of millions of displaced people across the globe.

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Queen's Speech 2012: Privacy and Open Justice in the firing line but progress on Free Speech

09 May 2012

Today Liberty responded with dismay as plans for a new Snooper’s Charter and Secret Courts were included in this year’s Queen’s Speech. But it welcomed the proposed Defamation Bill as advancing freedom of speech.

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Leading by example?

The Convention and Court of Human Rights only exist because less than a century ago, much of Europe descended into tyranny and butchery. Britain's Winston Churchill sometimes stood alone but he knew the enduring value of defending fundamental rights and freedoms with the Rule of Law so as not constantly to have to defend them through war. The ECHR is his post-war legacy.

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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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Support from all quarters for HRA at Liberty awards

Last night leading figures from the worlds of law, media, civil society, politics and the arts came together at London’s Southbank Centre for Liberty’s annual Human Rights Awards. It proved to be a truly humbling and uplifting evening. Inspiring human rights heroes from all walks of life were honoured for their efforts at the ceremony, eloquently hosted with a gloss of comic sheen by the brilliant Marcus Brigstocke.

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Article 8: Right to respect for private and family life

Of all the fundamental freedoms protected by the Human Rights Act, none attracts controversy quite like Article 8 – the right to respect for your private and family life. Barely a day passes without it hitting the headlines for apparently all the wrong reasons. Flicking through certain newspapers you would be forgiven for concluding that it exists only to shield foreign murderers and rapists from deportation.

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First catflaps, now curfews

The sane counsel and calm logical resolve of all governments is eventually tested by events. Today the Home Office publishes its “Something Must be Done” consultation on public order powers in the wake of the summer of riotous discontent.

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Dog whistles, bogus cats and what the public really think about human rights

04 October 2011

Today Liberty rubbished the Home Secretary’s example of an illegal immigrant who could not be deported because he had a cat. The story, which Theresa May preceded with ‘I’m not making this up’ is actually a case where the Home Office conceded it had failed to apply its own policy to a man with a British partner.

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Spare us the dog whistle Prime Minister...

Another day, another unprovoked attack on the Human Rights Act. The Prime Minister, writing in the Sunday Express, gave the HRA another thoroughly predictable bashing. It’s all becoming depressingly familiar – the legislation carries the can for everything from the recent riots, ‘young people today’ to a perceived erosion of personal responsibility. Perhaps climate change and rising obesity can be laid at its door too?

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