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    I HAVE COME TO LOOK MOURNFULLY AT YOU FOR MINUTES ON ENDShami Chakrabarti is a tiny woman it’s hard to tell from the tv screen but I’d say about 8 or 9 inches tall maybe 10 and she is intensely irritating sh

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    This book is written in the dry and unchallenging style used by many barristers; it sets out an argument in favour of Huma

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    This is a fascinating analysis of the effect of human rights legislation and the erosion of our human rights since 911 and the implementation of increasingly restrictive legislation supposedly designed to counter

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    Human rights empower the vulnerable and irritate and inconvenience the mighty Thought provoking read can't wait to hear her speak on Thursday

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    A really great exploration of the importance of our human rights and the often difficult balancing act involved in upholding them There was potential for Shami to get much deeper into some of the issues she raises but ultimately this would turn off many readers possibly new to the ideas discussed from picking the book up at all As such I think it is aimed just right The arguments and style are such that novic

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    I really did not realise how vulnerable our human rights actually are Fascinating and poignant read “Human rights empower

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    Liberty once well known as the National Council for Civil Liberties will be celebrating its 80th birthday next yearIt is an auspicious moment for an organisation that was born in the heat of the social and economic struggles of the 1930s bringing radical lawyers into the fray as defenders of the rights to the unemployed workers participating in the famous hunger marches of that period With all the news about

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    This is Shami Chakrabarti's autobiography of her professional life concentrating mainly on her time at campaigning organisation Liberty In it she discusses many of the pressures that come with occupying legal posts in the Government and in the third sector and offers genuine insight into law is practised in these different settings I really enjoyed these bits of the bookI'm surprised to find myself saying that I enjoyed

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    A really important book It tackles topics like the Human Rights Act prisoners' voting rights and police snooping all things I thoug

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    35 still waiting on my half star GoodreadsI guess it was appropriate that I finish this book on the same day that I went to see the Human Rights and Human Wrongs exhibition at the Photography Gallery Shami Chakrabarti takes us on a a path and demonstrates how during her time at Liberty a day before 911 our government both Labour and Conservative led has done its very best to chip away at our civil liberties a

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On 11 September 2001 our world changed The West's response to 911 has morphed into a period of exception Governments have decided that the rule of law and human rights are often too costly In On Liberty Shami Chakraba. I HAVE COME TO LOOK MOURNFULLY AT YOU FOR MINUTES ON ENDShami Chakrabarti is a tiny woman it s hard to tell from the tv screen but I d say about 8 or 9 inches tall maybe 10 and she is intensely irritating she s the Tinkerbell of Human Rights always zooming and buzzing around and chucking the dust of moral obligation in your face that sounds like fun but she has no sense of humour so imagine a glowering Tinkerbell with a copy of the European Convention on Human Rights under her arm In this book she is writing about some of the most gripping and fearful events of the past 15 years and many exciting legal battles but she does it in the dullest way possible Which makes this a very worthy lawyerly and almost completely dispiriting readFor non British readers Shami is the boss of Liberty The Organisation Formerly Known As the Council for Civil Liberties is perpetually locked in battle with the British Government who whether Conservative or Labour are constantly trying to degrade British citizen s liberties privacy and personal integrity in the name of security and the ongoing war with jihadisYOU AND YOUR FLOOKING HUMAN RIGHTSBritish people are mostly driven uite mad by Human Rights because they live in a land where 999% of them are perfectly secure and never come into contact with any government ministry threatening than HM Revenue and Customs so this means the only time they see human rights legislation in action is in a case like that of Abu atada Using colourful language than is her wont Shami says The case of Abu atada still haunts me like a stalker ex boyfriend Everywhere I go the time that it took to get the ranty cleric out of the country is put to me as a classic example of human rights madness So this guy is Jordanian but came to Britain in 1993 and claimed political asylum which was granted Nine years later he was arrested as a suspected member of al aeda and aiding and abetting terrorists He was detained without charge for four years under Part 4 of the Anti terrorism Crime and Security Act 2001 The British Government did not want to or could not put him on trial in Britain they wanted to deport him to Jordan where that government wished to put him on trial but he claimed that he would be subject to torture if he was sent back there So under the European Convention on Human Rights the British government couldn t deport himThis is what drove the British public crazy and the British rabid attack dog press headlined the whole sorry saga for years The public couldn t care less whether Mr atada got tortured or not they just wanted him out of the country and they saw their own democratically elected government powerless to deport himBut this is where Shami pops up and reminds us that torture is serious Oh it is Hmph I d kind of forgotten that The whole saga kept rolling on he was released and rearrested several times over the next few years it was a really tortuous legal epic For instance the uestion became not that atada himself would be tortured but that evidence obtained through torture on other persons would be used against him On that point in 2009 the one of the Law Lords at that point Britain s supreme court said There is in my opinion no authority for a rule thatthe risk of the use of evidence obtained by torture necessarily amounts to a flagrant denial of justice Ie sling the bugger out Finally the case made it to the European Court of Human Rights and they reverted to the previous position that atada couldn t be deported as he himself might be torturedWe note that in all of this saga all the authorities agree that the Jordanian government routinely uses torture Is this insulting to Jordan Or were they saying sure yes we torture people don t you Come on we know you doThe British government then got a swear on my mother s grave promise from the Jordanian government that they would not torture Mr atada In writing That wasn t good enough for the courtsFinally finally Mr atada himself broke the deadlock and said that if the Jordanians promised that they wouldn t torture him or use torture derived evidence in court he would return So in July 2013 he did And David Cameron and home secretary Theresa May danced a little jig around the dining table in 10 Downing StreetSo the Jordanians put Mr atada on trial for plotting against the government and last month he was acuitted Maybe it was because they couldn t present all that lovely damning torture derived evidenceShami would say well this is the rule of law in operation That s what it s for Euality before the law means that whether you re a much loved peer of the realm or a much hated Jordanian cleric you get the same deal But people are inclined to want to shoot from the hip They would deport intern and in some cases execute without a ualmThis is why I myself am opposed to the death penalty Horrors like Ted Bundy Ian Brady Myra Hindley Gary Ridgway or John Wayne Gacy should fry for sure no uestion But the police make mistakes If Britain still had the death penalty in the 1970s the Guildford Four and the Birmingham Six would have been hung Evidence which proved their innocence would have been unearthed years later We need Human Rights organisations to irritate cajole remind and goad us YOU SAY TORTURE I SAY ENHANCED INTERROGATION TECHNIUES LET S CALL THE WHOLE THING OFFEverywhere Shami goes she s beset by people who say hey I know you you re what s it now no don t tell me er Swami Chocolate Boxy is that it Always going on about human rights for terrorists Well let me ask you a uestion suppose you knew there was a nuclear bomb ticking away in London but you didn t know where and you got the guy who knew where it was in a room wouldn t you apply a little pressure to get the information Just a little bit of torture to save the lives of millionsShami says This is what the War on Terror was capable of doing to lawyers It could turn stupid ones into yes men for corner cutting and cruelty and clever ones into the architects of increasingly byzantine processes with which to conceal or even legitimize barbarismAnd later Democratic states that launder their torture are no better than the tyrannies they conspire withHere s an example of where Shami and Liberty lose me Most of this world is not democratic The West believes that it is Shami comes along with her many examples of state misbehavior and punctures that belief In the USA there are a lot of people who believe their own government to be tyrannical In Britain we have a picture of our own government during the Northern Irish Troubles and during the post 911 jihadi period ie now setting aside the notion of human rights euality before the law due process no torture etc whenever they feel particularly pressured So where does this all leave us In the dark groping about is whereThis is a somewhat boringly written short book about a whole bunch of essential stuff I didn t enjoy it but I think I m a very very very slightly better person now Shami Chakrabarti has come to harsh all governmental mellow

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Rti who joined Liberty the UK's leading civil rights organization on 10 September 2001 explores why our fundamental rights and freedoms are indispensable She shows too the unprecedented pressures those rights are unde. I really did not realise how vulnerable our human rights actually are Fascinating and poignant read Human rights empower the vulnerable and irritate and inconvenience the mighty but trust me you won t know what you had until it s gone

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R today Drawing on her own work in high profile campaigns from privacy laws to anti terror legislation Chakrabarti shows the threats to our democratic institutions and why our rights are paramount in upholding democra. Liberty once well known as the National Council for Civil Liberties will be celebrating its 80th birthday next yearIt is an auspicious moment for an organisation that was born in the heat of the social and economic struggles of the 1930s bringing radical lawyers into the fray as defenders of the rights to the unemployed workers participating in the famous hunger marches of that period With all the news about the entrenchment of low wages and the ubiuity of food banks in the life of the nation again one imagines there will be plenty of occasions to call on the support of legal defence teams to protect the rights of those being marginalised by the arcane workings of the economy in the days aheadThe organisations current director Shami Chakrabarti offers up a personal account of the work of Liberty today weaving it around her won involvement firstly as in house lawyer freshly poached from the Home Office s legal team and latterly as a leader who has crafted a much higher media profile for its workShe came to the forefront during the years when New Labour was performing a peculiar volte face on its own Human Rights Act as it zealously promoted the War on Terror alongside its US partner Government ministers rushed to drawn the curtains down on privacy the right to a fair trial and the freedom to protest Citizens found their daily dealings online and in real life being subjected to unprecedented surveillance the Home Office threatened 90 day detention orders ASBOs were sprinkled confetti like across deprived housing estates and anyone indignant enough to want to speak out risked being kettled by police cordons for hours on end on streets that they once thought they had the right to traverseOnce promoted by Jack Straw during his time as Home Secretary as the single measure that would come to define New Labour s period in office the Home Rights Act came to be reviled by government because of the way it provided opportunities to ordinary citizens to challenging the increasingly authoritarian ways of the country s rulers Chakraborti shows how her team at Liberty threw body and soul into the task of gathering evidence and representing people being lashed by the new harshness of the stateBut she also saw the need to go beyond the legal strategies of public trial to challenge the unhealthy anti liberty moods of the powers that be The values of human rights needed to take root in the lives of ordinary people who were being reuired to fight daily battles to resist the sorts of injustices that began to rip across the land Doreen Lawrence s decades long battle with the Metropolitan Police over their failings to track down the killers of her son Stephen needed the dimension of human rights law to force disclosure and make public all the manifold failings that arose from the force s institutionalised racismThe loutish behaviour of local government threatening to evict the parents of offspring deemed guilty of anti social behaviour without any consideration being given to the degree of responsibility for such wayward action or the hardship it would cause the family was also the subject of Liberty action as it worked to deepen and broaden the application of human rights to these situationsLiberty was born during an epoch of struggle in which the leadership of the labour movement evinced a modicum of understanding about the class nature of the grievances that beset millions of citizens The party that was on the streets and marching alongside impoverished workers back in the 1930s long ago withdraw itself from this role and settled back to enjoy the perks of what felt like the exercise of power and authorityWe are again standing on the threshold of austerity driven hardship that is as likely to be as great as anything that went on during the time of the Jarrow Marches Once again the skills of libertarian lawyers will be needed to hold the state in check as it lashes out against all the people who are being ordered to deliver up massive sacrifice in order that the profits of the private sector are safe and secure We should be grateful that Liberty is in such obvious rude health celebrating 80 past years of trenchant legal battling and hopefully looking forward to many to come

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