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On Liberty pdf On Liberty, ebook On Liberty, epub On Liberty, doc On Liberty, e-pub On Liberty, On Liberty 3c9eed3a272 On September , Our World Changed The West S Response To 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 Chakrabarti Who Joined Liberty, The UK S Leading Civil Rights Organization, On September Explores Why Our Fundamental Rights And Freedoms Are Indispensable She Shows, Too, The Unprecedented Pressures Those Rights Are Under 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 Democracy


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  1. says:

    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 read.For 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 jihadis.YOU AND YOUR FLOOKING HUMAN RIGHTS British people are mostly driven quite mad by Human Rights because they live in a land where 99.9% 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 Qatada Using colourful language than is her wont, Shami says The case of Abu Qatada 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 Qaeda 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 him.This 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 Qatada got tortured or not, they just wanted him out of the country, and they saw their own democratically elected government powerless to deport him.But 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 question became not that Qatada 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 I.e sling the bugger out Finally the case made it to the European Court of Human Rights and they reverted to the previous position, that Qatada couldn t be deported as he himself might be tortured.We 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 do The British government then got a swear on my mother s grave promise from the Jordanian government that they would not torture Mr Qatada In writing That wasn t good enough for the courts.Finally finally, Mr Qatada 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 Street.So the Jordanians put Mr Qatada on trial for plotting against the government and last month he was acquitted Maybe it was because they couldn t present all that lovely damning torture derived evidence.Shami would say well, this is the rule of law in operation That s what it s for Equality 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 qualm.This 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 question 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 TECHNIQUES LET S CALL THE WHOLE THING OFF Everywhere 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 question 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 millions Shami 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 barbarism.And later Democratic states that launder their torture are no better than the tyrannies they conspire with.Here 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 9 11 jihadi period, i.e now, setting aside the notion of human rights, equality 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 where.This 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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    This book is written in the dry and unchallenging style used by many barristers it sets out an argument in favour of Human Rights and in opposition to recent British governments of all persuasions, with supporting evidence from well known cases that have been in our news over the past decade, and in unpretentious language that aims for clarity and simplicity It has no literary pretensions This approach would work better if the Home Office referred to as Mordar or The Dark Tower because of its steady production of evil did not devise such fiendishly convoluted legal devices to misrepresent the most blatant abuse of human rights as something else It is obviously necessary to unravel and expose this abuse but the resulting text can sometimes require slow and perhaps even repeated reading, occasionally because it is complicated but often because it is so astonishing The point this book makes, in language that is calm and understated, is that the UK has a government system which consciously, persistently and with great ingenuity sets about depriving people of their most basic human rights and would go much further if it were not challenged and held to account by organisations like Liberty, by institutions like the Strasbourg Courts, by clear and definitive principles set out in the European Convention on Human Rights and brought into British legislation by the 1998 Human Rights Act These are laws that Britain played a major part in writing and persuading other countries to accept at the end of World War Two they are courts that cannot force the British Government to do a single thing it does not wish to do, but can only make its rulings and express its opinions for the British Government to consider Not only is the British Government free to break every clause of the Human Rights Act if it so chooses, but in practice that is exactly what it does do As an aside, it is interesting to compare the sanctions to which the government will cheerfully expose itself if it fails to comply with some of its free trade agreements I think of the imminent proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership TTIP Like a typical barrister, Chakrabarti sets out her arguments and her supporting evidence, but is not strident or overbearing in her style, is not even nasty to the people she holds responsible for blatant abuses of human rights, or the people who tell lies about Human Rights law, or the people who actively propagate false stories and illogical arguments to undermine public support for the victims of government abuse which is often atrocious She trusts instead that the evidence will in itself be sufficient to secure the support she needs in order to continue working on our behalf to shine a light on The Dark Tower and to combat the evil that is produced in Mordar After considering the evidence in this book, those negative metaphors will seem than appropriate for their target Indeed, my own conclusion is that we now need another book, something far strident and forceful, to expose graphically and fully the abuses referred to in this book but that is a challenge for another writer, maybe another Orwell, maybe another Russell Brand Chakrabarti has done her job very well Long may she continue her work But this is a story that cries out for emotion, anger, tears, shame.


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    This is a fascinating analysis of the effect of human rights legislation and the erosion of our human rights since 9 11 and the implementation of increasingly restrictive legislation supposedly designed to counter terrorism Its very factual in that the arguments are backed up by evidence of how such legislation has had a wider impact on our freedoms and how this could develop further leaving too much power in the hands of the authorities Naturally the analysis is from Chakrabati s perspective from her position as Director of Liberty but that makes it all the authentic It s not an easy read but its an informative insight to an area most of us know little about.


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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 novices and experts alike can appreciate the points raised for discussion and whether you agree with Shami or not, no one can argue that the discussion isn t important The book is perhaps a little outdated since it was written during the time of the coalition government, but that does not detract from the relevance of the ideas, and the last sentence is perhaps particularly pertinent given the current political hot potato Trust me, you won t know what you had till it s gone.


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    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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    Liberty, once well known as the National Council for Civil Liberties, will be celebrating its 80th birthday next year.It 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 ubiquity 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 ahead.The 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 work.She 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 traverse.Once 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 state.But 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 required 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 racism.The 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 situations.Liberty 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 authority.We 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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    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 book.I m surprised to find myself saying that I enjoyed her extensive discussion and defense of Human Rights Law rather less From my completely non expert position, I completely support the principle of Human Rights, and haven t heard any convincing argument as to why the Human Rights Act should be changed or repealed But I had two slight problems with Chakrabarti s discussion of the topic in this book.The first was that I struggled to find consistency in a number of her positions That isn t to say that her positions were necessarily inconsistent, just that I as a non expert struggled to see how they were consistent For example, Chakrabarti mounted a passionate argument against phone tapping, suggesting that this was wrong partly because the evidence was inadmissible in court, and investigations should only proceed on the basis of admissible evidence I can see that argument But then, Chakrabarti suggested that if evidence is obtained through torture, that information should be shared with the Police to assist investigations even though is it inadmissible in Court I m sure the two positions are consistent at a deeper level for example, the intentions of the collection of information, the agency of collection, etc etc but that wasn t explained There are several examples of this sort of thing which left me feeling a bit unsatisfied.The second problem I had was with the slightly dismissive tone with which Chakrabarti discussed politics and politicans She and I completely agree that Human Rights Law is crucial but if the population of a country actively or passively votes for repeal of that law, then isn t there a moral imperative to consider following through on that All the so if elected representatives are in agreement with their electors Chakrabarti s approach seemed to be to almost ignore the supremacy of the democratic process but never made the reasoning behind this clear.So, all things considered, this turned out not to be quite the masterclass I had hoped that it would be But still, the book makes a passionate and detailed case, and is probably worth reading anyway.CoI I think I may have been a member of Liberty at some point in the past, but don t think I am any though not sure on either count.


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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 thought I had a clear opinion on, and all things that Chakrabarti either crystallised or altered in her arguments.My criticisms are few The book isn t ambitious enough as far as I m concerned You can t evoke John Stuart Mill and then spend your entire word count consumed by legal matters A little philosophy would have been great.The writing also isn t of the highest quality Maybe I ve been spoilt by literary dexterity lately, but the prose was a little clunky and metaphors occasionally creaky This is thrown into stark relief when Chakrabarti quotes her eloquent human rights heroes.That s not to say that On Liberty isn t clear and informative A vital read if you care about civil liberties, not just for yourself but for society at large And you should definitely care.


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    3.5 still waiting on my half star Goodreads I 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 9 11 , our government both Labour and Conservative led has done its very best to chip away at our civil liberties and make it easier to criminalise the most vulnerable in our society.It is a shame that despite the history of the world so many of us need constant reminders that human rights are important.


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