Project information

Liberty - protecting and promoting human rights

Liberty raises awareness about human rights in the UK through the provision of free advice & information to the public, parliamentarians & the media. Our combination of litigation, policy work & campaigning has secured our reputation as the UK's leading human rights & civil liberties organisation.

Ongoing work to promote human rights

Charity information: Civil Liberties Trust

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  • Need

    Need

    Protection of our fundamental rights and freedoms is under threat by concrete steps to replace the Human Rights Act. The Act places an obligation on public authorities to act to respect & protect universal rights, from freedom from torture & the right to life, to the right to be treated equally. The Act protects us all, but especially the vulnerable. But it is much maligned & misunderstood - many critics give little consideration to (or don't understand) the impact of reducing the protection it provides

    Solution

    Liberty will campaign to promote & protect the Act against misinterpretation and debunk common myths about its use. We will increase understanding of the true value of the Act - through briefing parliamentarians, journalists & the public and showcasing stories that highlight how crucial the Act has been to millions of people across the UK. We will work together to produce expert analysis, advice & information, distribute educational campaign materials & host meetings & events with key stakeholders.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Save our Human Rights Act

    Activities

    » Inspire people to act - produce first class materials & online resources to help our supporters and members campaign for change
    » Make voices heard - counter misleading Human Rights Act rhetoric, broaden understanding & speak up for the vulnerable across national & regional media
    » Give expert advice - provide policy analysis to help parliamentarians understand the impact of scrapping the Act
    » Stand up for people in court - litigate key Human Rights Act cases & provide free legal advice & information to anyone in England & Wales

    Success is the retention of the HRA. As the campaign grows, we'll be monitoring media & parliamentary mentions of our work, use of materials & web resources & listening to feedback


  • Impact

    Impact

    We want to protect the HRA. The campaign to save it will bring about increased, permanent understanding and respect for universal human rights frameworks - among MPs and Peers, but also the media and the public. Our success will be demonstrated in the policies proposed by politicians and backed by public support, and the accuracy of information available in across national and regional print and broadcast media. As previously stressed, ultimate success is preservation of the Human Rights Act.

    Risk

    We don't know precisely when a Bill to scrap the Human Rights Act will be announced, but we do know that it will happen. While we prepare, keeping the issue high on media agendas and ensuring momentum stays strong will be a challenge, but we couldn't be more ready to tackle this campaign, and ultimately defeat this threat. Over the years, Liberty's been here and WON many times before, and we know we can do it again.

    Reporting

    We'll keep the project's website page up to date with our achievements & share news via our blog & social media. Donors who share their details with us will also receive email updates, and our member newsletters will always be full of news.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £60,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £15,000 Media work Engaging journalists, providing quotes and case studies, writing articles, TV and radio appearences
      £15,000 Policy work Providing policy briefings for Parliamentarians, holding networking events, and materials
      £15,000 Legal cases Legal advice and representation
      £15,000 Public campaigning Campaign materials, press and online adverts, events, website, polling, focus groups, social media
  • Background

    Location

    Liberty is based in Westminster in London. The location is ideal for working with MPs and Peers, major newspapers, television and radio broadcasters. However, our work takes us across the country often, to engagements all over the UK, and conferences, schools and universities across the country. We make sure our activities are reported online and shared on social media, making our work accessible to everyone.

    Beneficiaries

    A better understanding of human rights - what they are and how they protect every one of us via the Human Rights Act - benefits us all. Vulnerable people may benefit most, since they are often the worst affected when rights are infringed or taken away. Journalists & parliamentarians will have greater knowledge about human rights and the Act, contributing to an informed debate on the issue. Those fighting for their rights in other countries benefit, from a solid commitment to rights in the UK.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Liberty has been making the news, changing the law & holding the powerful to account for the last 80 years. We promote dignity, equal treatment & fairness as the foundations of a democratic society - from protecting privacy & freedom of speech, to fighting discrimination & injustice. A cross-party, non-party organisation, our combination of test case litigation, policy work, campaigning & providing free advice has secured our reputation as one the world's leading human rights organisations.

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    People

    Liberty's Campaigns Team

    The campaigns team will manage the campaign, organise events, design and distribute materials and manage the website.

    Liberty's Press Team

    Liberty's press team will secure high level and widespread press coverage for Liberty and this campaign.

    Liberty's Policy Team

    Our expert policy team is a trusted source of advice to politicians across the political spectrum.

    Liberty's Legal Team

    Our experienced lawyers will represent people in key legal cases, and legal staff and volunteers will run a free advice service for the public.