The Government Fought Me for Years and Still Won't Guarantee My Rights Will Be Protected After Brexit - This is Exactly Why The Repeal Bill Must Contain a People's Clause

John Walker | Posted 07.09.2017 | UK Politics
John Walker

Soundbites, speeches and ministers saying 'trust us' aren't enough when the stakes are this high. Our MPs need to do their jobs, stand up for our rights and back the People's Clause.

Police Hit Back At Stormzy Over Carnival Violence That Almost Killed Four People

The Huffington Post | Steven Hopkins | Posted 25.08.2017 | UK

Police have hit back at Stormzy for criticising them over linking Notting Hill Carnival to a series of raids this week, saying that last year four peo...

Behind The Soundbites, The Government Is Taking Away EU Citizens' Rights

Martha Spurrier | Posted 27.06.2017 | UK
Martha Spurrier

The canvas of post-Brexit Britain still looks startlingly bare a year on. On Monday, the picture became a little bit clearer - and so far it's not pretty. This is a time of change, which means it's a chance for national soul-searching about the type of country we want to be and the future we want to build.

The Election's Over - Now The Fight Is On To Keep Britain Kind

Martha Spurrier | Posted 09.06.2017 | UK Politics
Martha Spurrier

For however long it takes, Liberty will work to dismantle laws that divide and discriminate, and campaign to block any plans that threaten our rights or attack vulnerable people - through the courts, in Parliament, and on the streets. And we need your help. Our democracy gives us the tools to keep Britain kind, fair and free. By coming together, keeping watch and speaking out, we can use them to put compassion back into politics.

The School Census Is Turning Sanctuaries Of Learning And Growth Into Places Of Discrimination And Division - It Must Be Boycotted

Martha Spurrier | Posted 17.05.2017 | UK
Martha Spurrier

If everybody boycotts the summer census and takes back information already handed over, the government won't be able to justify this policy's existence - whoever's running the country on 9 June.

Democracy Is Dead - Long Live The Anarchy

Nick Compton | Posted 01.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Nick Compton

Unless we do something about it. What are you doing right now? Like, right this very second? Whatever it is, listen quickly. I'm already wasting tim...

Join Our Legal Challenge Against Our Authoritarian Surveillance Regime

Silkie Carlo | Posted 10.01.2017 | UK
Silkie Carlo

The Snoopers' Charter re-introduced the same powers that have just been declared illegal - and added new, even more intrusive, ones. But creating a new law for 2017 cannot let the Government circumvent the human rights law that protects us. So today Liberty has launched The People vs the Snoopers' Charter - a legal challenge against this authoritarian surveillance regime, backed by the ordinary people subjected to its gaze.

It's Frightening To Think We Can No Longer Trust Our Government To Protect The Rights Of Children

Martha Spurrier | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK
Martha Spurrier

For some time now, bank clerks, landlords and employers have been tasked with checking people have a right to be in the country. The potential for discrimination is crystal clear - anyone with a foreign-sounding name or accent, or anyone who doesn't have a white face, is likely to be targeted. Schools were one of the only borderless places left. But there is a ray of hope for our children, and our society.

The Time Has Come For Our Prime Minister To Be Held Accountable For Presiding Over Countless Human Rights Abuses In Detention Centres

Martha Spurrier | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK
Martha Spurrier

People detained administratively and indefinitely occupy a dark corner of this nation. Shining a light on their desperate plight is more important than ever. The time has come for our Prime Minister to be held accountable for presiding over countless human rights abuses in detention centres while she was Home Secretary - and to put an end to the cruelly indefinite detention regime that we have in this country. Unlike the rest of Europe, our Government does not put a time limit on immigration detention. Alternatives to detention have proved successful in countries like Sweden and Belgium, but the UK continues to routinely and indefinitely strip people of their liberty for administrative convenience.

'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 28.07.2017 | 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 26.04.2017 | 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 20.04.2017 | 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 05.02.2017 | 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 20.01.2017 | 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 16.12.2016 | 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

Baroness Chakrabarti | Posted 10.12.2016 | UK Politics
Baroness 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 06.11.2016 | 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

Baroness Chakrabarti | Posted 11.09.2016 | UK
Baroness 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.