Lib Dems to vote against Patel’s Protest Crackdown Laws

Lib Dems to vote against Patel’s Protest Crackdown Laws

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Liberal Democrat MPs will today [Monday 28th February] vote against the Government’s attempts to reintroduce draconian laws cracking down on the right to protest. Two key laws were removed from the Government’s Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill through Liberal Democrat amendments in the House of Lords last month. They would create new powers to impose restrictions on public assemblies and one-person protests. Liberal Democrats also supported cross-party amendments to remove the power to ban protests that are “too noisy”. The Government has tabled motions to overturn those Lords amendments, which the House of Commons will debate today. Ahead of the votes, Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson Alistair Carmichael MP said: “Priti Patel’s Protest Crackdown Laws are dangerous and draconian. The fundamental right to peaceful assembly and protest has always…
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Government attacks on Human Rights Act must end

Government attacks on Human Rights Act must end

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Responding to Dominic Raab's comments on the Human Rights Act, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Home Affairs Alistair Carmichael MP said: "This Conservative Government’s attacks on human rights and the rule of law must stop. "Trying to weaken people’s ability to challenge the Government just because the courts sometimes rule against you is the act of dictators and despots, not democrats. "Liberal Democrats will oppose any attempts to water down the Human Rights Act and will always defend individuals’ abilities to challenge the government and uphold their rights."
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Kabul: Impending withdrawal stresses need for “safe corridor” escape route

Kabul: Impending withdrawal stresses need for “safe corridor” escape route

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Reacting to the news that the last British evacuation flight out of Kabul could be as early as Tuesday, Liberal Democrat Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Layla Moran MP said: "Thousands of Afghans have been plunged into desperation by this arbitrarily set and cruel deadline for the last flight out of Kabul. "They are depending on us to evacuate them safely and save them from the terror of the Taliban. Britain must not turn its back on them now. "It is vital that the Government work with our international allies to secure a corridor of land between Kabul and an international border without delay, so there is an ongoing safe escape route out of Afghanistan. "Scenes at Kabul airport continue to horrify the world and show it is of paramount importance that…
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Hungary: Anti-LGBT+ law is “disgusting” human rights violation

Hungary: Anti-LGBT+ law is “disgusting” human rights violation

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Responding to the passing of legislation by the Hungarian Parliament that bans materials in schools deemed to promote homosexuality and gender change, Liberal Democrat Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Layla Moran MP said: "Quite simply this is a disgusting piece of legislation which violates human rights and will lead to lasting harm to LGBT+ individuals. Homophobic persecution of this sort is something we are used to seeing in Vladmir Putin’s Russia, not in an EU member state. It is appalling. “But this is only the latest repressive step from Viktor Orban, whose record on antisemitism, Islamophobia, LGBT+ and women’s rights, and so much more besides is utterly abysmal. Despite this, Boris Johnson still thought Viktor Orban was worthy of rolling out the Downing Street red carpet last month. What signal does that…
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PM must act now on slave labour World Cup after Super League collapse

PM must act now on slave labour World Cup after Super League collapse

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Following the collapse of the European Super League, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Sport, Jamie Stone MP, has called on the Government to "speak out against slavery" associated with the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. According to data compiled from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, 6500 migrant workers have died in Qatar since it won the right to host the World Cup 10 years ago. Several human rights organisations have raised concerns about Qatar's treatment of migrant workers who arrived in the country following the successful 2022 World Cup bid. There is consensus that the infrastructure supporting Qatar's World Cup has relied on the practice of modern-day slavery, with little to no action from the Qatari Government and with minimal comment from the UK Government. After the Prime Minister's…
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Lib Dems call for diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympics

Lib Dems call for diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympics

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Liberal Democrat Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Layla Moran MP has called on the Government to commit to a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics. Moran, who spoke in Parliament on the debate about Crimes Against Humanity and Genocide in Xinjiang, called for a full diplomatic boycott of the event, which would prohibit Government ministers and dignitaries from attending the games. Speaking after she took part in the debate, Layla Moran said: “A diplomatic boycott of next year’s Beijing Winter Olympics would send a clear message to the Chinese government. We’ve had enough hand-wringing and prevaricating. We cannot repeat the mistakes of the past. “In the debate I focused on Uyghur women and children, many of whom are being taken from their relatives, while their parents are detained. They are subjected to…
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Serious concerns over Overseas Operations Bill

Serious concerns over Overseas Operations Bill

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The Liberal Democrats have spoken out against the Overseas Operations Bill in its current form and warned of an "erosion of human rights". The Government are reportedly preparing to table an amendment to the bill following pressure from the House of Lords. Lib Dem Spokesperson for Defence Jamie Stone MP said: "Liberal Democrats have had serious concerns about the Overseas Operations Bill and its implications for human rights, the rule of law and our service personnel. The Government's concession to ensure torture, genocide and crimes against humanity remain open to prosecution is long-overdue. It shouldn't have taken them this long to recognise the Bill's stark moral failure. This is a major win for Liberal Democrats and others who have engaged in cross-party efforts to press the Government to remove these…
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Jimmy Lai: UK Government must stand up for Hong Kong’s democracy

Jimmy Lai: UK Government must stand up for Hong Kong’s democracy

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Reacting to the news that Jimmy Lai, the owner of Hong Kong's last opposition newspaper, has been sentenced to a year in prison, Lib Dem Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Layla Moran MP said: "Jimmy Lai's sentencing is a solemn, urgent reminder the UK and the international community that democratic opposition is being snuffed out in Hong Kong. “The UK is failing in its duty under the Joint Declaration and international law to preserve Hong Kong’s democracy and human rights. Any red line has been crossed. The time for Dominic Raab and Boris Johnson to act is long overdue. “The Liberal Democrats will stand, as we always have, with the people of Hong Kong. The Government can make no more excuses - it is time for the UK to step up, lead…
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UK failing in its duty to Hong Kong

UK failing in its duty to Hong Kong

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Responding to China imposing sweeping electoral changes in Hong Kong, Liberal Democrats Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs Layla Moran MP said: “This amending of the Basic Law by China’s rubber-stamp legislature is a clear breach of the Joint Declaration. The Government must respond with firm action, as it has done elsewhere - words of condemnation have done nothing to protect Hong Kong’s democracy. “The UK is failing in its duty under the Joint Declaration and international law to preserve Hong Kong’s institutions and human rights. Any red line has been crossed. If Dominic Raab won’t stand up now and act, when? “The Liberal Democrats will stand, as we always have, with the people of Hong Kong. The Government can make no more excuses - it is time for the UK to…
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China sanctions will not silence critics standing up for the Uyghurs

China sanctions will not silence critics standing up for the Uyghurs

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Responding to China's sanctions on nine UK citizens - including five MPs - for spreading "lies and disinformation", Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs Layla Moran MP said: "We have full solidarity with colleagues and organisations who have been sanctioned for daring to speak out and expose the atrocities against the Uyghurs. Despite China's intimidation tactics, we will not be silenced. “Targeting backbench MPs instead of ministers makes clear this is about China’s disdain for democracy around the world. "The UK cannot stand by while human rights abuses take place right in front of our eyes. This desperate move from China will galvanise us all to work harder. The Liberal Democrats urge the Government to stand behind those sanctioned and protect them."
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