'Frightening' Change To Rules Could See Mentally Ill Immigrants Put In Solitary Confinement

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 03.08.2016 | UK

A “cruel” new rule saying immigrants can be held in solitary confinement for being “stubborn” could be used on those suffering from mental hea...

Theresa May 'Reaping What She Sowed' With Hate Crime, Says Civil Rights Campaigner

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 30.07.2016 | UK

The policies and rhetoric during Theresa May’s time at the Home Office contributed to a post-Brexit surge in hate crime, a leading civil rights camp...

The One Thing Theresa May Can Do To Change The 'Black Mark' Against Her On Human Rights

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 10.08.2016 | UK

Five months ago, human rights barrister Martha Spurrier won a victory against the home secretary for mentally ill people imprisoned awaiting deportati...

Thousands of Refugee Children Are Disappearing on Our Doorstep - Our Government Cannot Afford to Drag Its Heels

Rachel Robinson | Posted 28.07.2016 | UK
Rachel Robinson

Today, as we mark 65 years of the UN Refugee Convention, more than 10,000 children are missing on our continent. Hundreds of them have disappeared here in the UK. Ten thousand is disturbing enough - but the true number of lost unaccompanied asylum-seeking children is probably much higher.

Europe: A Messy Debate of the Heart

Catherine Anderson | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK Politics
Catherine Anderson

I ask myself, what sort of a European do I want to be? An embracer of diversity. A participant, not a quitter. A reformer, not a destroyer. And being that European means, also, that I can strive to be the best Briton I can.

With the Snoopers' Charter, Our Digital Security Is Under Attack in the Name of Total Surveillance

Silkie Carlo | Posted 26.04.2016 | UK
Silkie Carlo

The Investigatory Powers Bill proliferates spying for the sake of spying. It legalises the speculative mass surveillance powers being challenged in court by Liberty - and ignores suggestions there could be a better, more effective way. The Government sees the positive steps we all take to protect our privacy as a threat to be overcome at all costs, while failing to target resources at the real dangers.

Our Digital Freedom: From Lockdown to Liberty

StJohn Deakins | Posted 20.04.2016 | UK Tech
StJohn Deakins

With five billion of us now carrying mobile phones, we all have the necessary hardware. In the words of Thomas Paine at the start of the last great era shift; "We have it in our power to begin the world over again". All we need in this era shift is software and the will to make it happen. It's time for each of us to claim our Digital Liberation.

The Government Is Criticising Its Own 'Snoopers' Charter'. Again

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 11.02.2016 | UK Tech

The human rights group Liberty has called on a major redraft of the government's Investigatory Powers Bill, otherwise known as the 'Snoopers' Charter'...

Does Cameron's EU Deal Fast Track Human Rights Showdown?

Simon Sapper | Posted 08.02.2016 | UK Politics
Simon Sapper

David Cameron's attempts to bus-in support for what most people seem to think is a lack-lustre deal on EU reform could back-fire spectacularly. In c...

Why the David Miranda Verdict Was an Important Victory for Our Free Press

Rosie Brighouse | Posted 20.01.2016 | UK
Rosie Brighouse

For years Liberty has argued that Schedule 7 - a breathtakingly broad and intrusive power to stop, detain, question and seize without suspicion that can be used against anyone travelling to, from or through the UK - is ripe for overuse and abuse. And yesterday, in a landmark victory for our free press, the Court of Appeal agreed with Liberty's intervention.

This Christmas, Think of the Thousands Spending Next Week in Detention With No Hope of Release

Rachel Robinson | Posted 16.12.2015 | UK
Rachel Robinson

While we and our elected representatives enjoy turkey with all the trimmings, the Downton Abbey finale, presents and crackers and family feuds and everything else that comes when you are lucky enough to be safe and free at Christmas, thousands of people across our country will spend next week in detention with no hope of release.

My Letter to Father Christmas

Shami Chakrabarti | Posted 10.12.2015 | UK Politics
Shami Chakrabarti

I am not sure that you can help with my wish or even that I believe that you read these letters any more. Perhaps these days your correspondence goes straight to a limb of the State or to a global retail corporate who then converts a child's desire for this or that piece of merchandise into a miraculous suggestion in a hapless parent's e-basket. But hope springs eternal and so I ask whoever is reading to tweak the consciences of the powerful so as to empower the vulnerable. In 2015, let's save our Human Rights Act.

The Facts of the Investigatory Powers Bill - And Why They Matter

Sara Ogilvie | Posted 06.11.2015 | UK Politics
Sara Ogilvie

Liberty has long campaigned for a fundamental reform of the laws governing surveillance in the UK. We awaited this Bill with bated breath, knowing it represents a once-in-a-generation chance for parliamentarians to lay spying powers and crucial human rights safeguards down in law. Unfortunately, as it stands, the draft Bill isn't just a wasted opportunity - it's an astonishing assault on the internet security of everybody in our country.

Attention All Liberals and Scaremongers: The Human Rights Act is a Piece of Parchment

Georgina Edwards | Posted 14.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Georgina Edwards

I'm pretty sure that a piece of parchment in the HOC library wasn't much of a deterrent anyway. Please learn the difference between your human rights, and the Human Rights Act. Or I will take them from you. Kidding.

The Pleas of the Voiceless May Be All Too Easy to Ignore - The Tens of Thousands Marching Through London Will Be Harder to Dismiss

Shami Chakrabarti | Posted 11.09.2016 | UK
Shami Chakrabarti

On Saturday I'll join thousands of others - including my Liberty colleagues and many of our members - to take to the streets of London in solidarity with refugees. We will march to show the powerful that we see through the barrage of poisonous, dehumanising rhetoric with which we've been bombarded in recent years. These refugees are not a "swarm", as the Prime Minister labelled them, and they're not "marauding" as they were branded by the Foreign Secretary. They are not, as they have been variously described in the media, an "organised mob", an "unstoppable flood" or "the biggest threat to Europe since the war". They are desperate human beings fleeing war, genocide, tyranny and exploitation in the hope of finding a better life for their families.

These Early Days Have Shown a Recklessness From the Government When It Comes to Our Rights and Freedoms

Bella Sankey | Posted 09.08.2016 | UK Politics
Bella Sankey

These early days show a recklessness from the Government when it comes to our rights and freedoms, systematically dismantling the tools which protect the ordinary and the vulnerable and re-writing the rule-book.

Why Today's Ruling on the Government's Snooping Law Is a Landmark Victory

James Welch | Posted 17.07.2016 | UK
James Welch

Today's ruling should surely convince the home secretary that it's now time for the Government to commit to surveillance conducted with respect for privacy, democracy and the rule of law - rather than stubbornly ploughing ahead with more of the same.

Finding Hope Amongst the Tunisian Darkness

Charlie Evans | Posted 09.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Charlie Evans

If we stand in solidarity with one another, we defeat extremism. And if in 2025 we want to stop what we saw in Sousse two weeks ago, or what we saw in London ten years ago, then now is time to take some action.

Heartening as It Is That Treacherous Human Rights Act Plans Have Been Delayed, There's No Room for Complacency on Civil Liberties

Rachel Robinson | Posted 28.05.2016 | UK
Rachel Robinson

Now the dust has settled on a general election that confounded pollsters and politicians alike, it's time to get to work. Wednesday saw the first Conservative-only Queen's Speech in almost two decades - and it's already clear that our new Government will be providing plenty to keep those concerned with civil liberties busy during the next legislative year... When Liberty was established in the 1930s, founding member E.M. Forster described our work as "the fight that is never done". He was right. In 2015 the fight to defend our rights and freedoms will be a tough one, but with the support of our members it's one we can win.

A British Bill of Rights Will Diminish the Rights of Everyone in the UK - And the Most Vulnerable Will Suffer Most

Bella Sankey | Posted 11.05.2016 | UK
Bella Sankey

David Cameron, Chris Grayling and apparently now Michael Gove feel we'd be better off if we axed an act that's held the powerful to account over and over again, and instead allowed those with a vested interest in keeping their power unchecked to limit when and to whom human rights apply. Funny that... If you've been paying attention to party spin recently, you'll have seen our HRA suddenly rechristened "Labour's" Human Rights Act. So it's worth clearing up at the start that it was passed in 1998 with overwhelming cross-party support and Tory leadership endorsement. It was a long-held ambition of the Society of Conservative Lawyers.

Modern Slavery: Today MPs Must Take the Chance to Say 'Not on Our Soil'

RachelRobinson | Posted 17.05.2015 | UK Politics

When the Bill returns to the Commons today, we hope Parliamentarians will take the chance to put things right, ending a system which has seen the UK preside over the servitude of women brought to this country as slaves.

In the Name of Freedom, We Say 'Charlie'!

One Young World | Posted 10.03.2015 | UK
One Young World

Today, we are neither left nor right, we are French. Leaving aside partisan divisions and more than ever we advocate for national unity.

Torture Is Torture - Regardless of Who Does It

James Snell | Posted 14.02.2015 | UK
James Snell

Some of these horrors make agonising reading - but it is incorrect to say that they defy description. In the cold, expressionless language of the Senate report, even blunt, mechanical phrases can contain the key to understanding a world of pain. 'Rectal feeding' is one. 'Stress position' is another. Through reams of inert prose, an appalling picture of abuse is built up and solidified.

Maryam al-Khawaja - A Princess of Democracy Imprisoned in Bahrain

Alastair Sloan | Posted 16.11.2014 | UK
Alastair Sloan

The news is worrying. Maryam faces charges of insulting the King, assaulting an official (authorities say there was a scuffle when they took Maryam's phone, from which she was tweeting her experience), and running an organisation which named officials who had tortured political prisoners. She could face a long sentence.

Intervention Was Not the Cause of Libya's Woes - Quite the Opposite

James Snell | Posted 03.10.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

Libya is now in flames. This might seem to be a rather hyperbolic note on which to begin, but it is true. The country is spiralling out of control, and the city of Benghazi, the former rebel capital in the 2011 revolution against the dictatorship of Colonel Gaddafi, has reportedly been captured by Islamist militants and declared an 'Islamic emirate'.