Rachel Robinson
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Rachel Robinson is a Policy Officer at Liberty (the National Council for Civil Liberties). As a member of the policy team she is responsible for the organisation’s parliamentary lobbying and policy development. Since joining Liberty she has worked on a range of human rights issues including privacy rights, police powers, counter-terror and legal aid reform. As a Liberty spokesperson she has also spoken on a number of these issues. Prior to joining Liberty Rachel worked as a Legal Officer for the charity Refugee and Migrant Justice and practised at the employed bar in the field of asylum and human rights law.

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

(0) Comments | Posted 16 December 2015 | (16:01)

Today, MPs and Peers will gather in a Parliament committee room to enjoy a small Christmas concert with all the usual trimmings - mince pies, mulled wine and carols.

Nothing newsworthy there. The big day approaches, after all - and parliamentarians, like everyone else, are winding down for the holidays.

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Limitless Immigration Detention Is Ineffective, Expensive and an Invitation to Abuse - MPs Must Put a Stop to It Now

(5) Comments | Posted 30 November 2015 | (23:00)

"The streets are not paved with gold". Never will the Home Secretary's declaration seem more appropriate than if you happen across an immigration removal centre (IRC). The barbed wire-topped fences, the private security guards, the 'yard', the human misery. Yet time and again we are assured in no uncertain terms...

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We Have a Chance to Secure Real Reform of Our Spying Laws

(1) Comments | Posted 27 June 2015 | (00:00)

On Wednesday, the Evening Standard ran a story about the Metropolitan Police's use of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act, or RIPA - the law governing surveillance by the State. Scotland Yard, it was revealed, makes more than 120 requests a day to access data about calls, texts...

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

(9) Comments | Posted 29 May 2015 | (00:00)

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...

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Legislation is Needed to Stop Undercover Policing From Abusing our Trust

(0) Comments | Posted 2 February 2012 | (15:37)

The fallout from planting covert officer Mark Kennedy into the heart of the environmental movement put the shadowy world of undercover policing under the microscope. Kennedy, masquerading as drug-dealer-turned-climber Mark Stone, was involved in nearly every major green protest during his seven-year mission. He eventually switched sides to give evidence...

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