The Human Rights Argument for Remaining in the EU

This note addresses two key questions. Firstly, it briefly addresses the widespread confusion surrounding Europe and human rights in general. Secondly, it provides examples of areas where the EU has been hugely instrumental in the promotion of human rights, not just in the UK, but across Europe.

We hope that it will be a valuable tool for the Remain campaign to ensure that arguments about the human rights benefits of remaining in the EU are not pushed to one side.

Read the briefing in full here.

March Newsletter

The Investigatory Powers Bill: Charting the Charter

There has been a lot of activity surrounding the Investigatory Powers Bill in the last few weeks so we decided to give you a breakdown of events in our March newsletter.

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Thank you also to everyone who participated in our Q&A with Shadow Home Office Minister Keir Starmer MP.

The discussion  provided a valuable opportunity to hear more about Labour’s concerns with the Bill, including a need for tighter safeguards surrounding bulk powers and an unconvincing operational case.

We’ve also included the latest briefings and articles from LCHR and some interesting news stories that we’ve been keeping an eye on.

Take a look at our Newsletter in full here.  



Mass surveillance doesn’t work – it’s time to go back to the drawing board

Ahead of our Q&A with Keir Starmer MP on mass surveillance and the Investigatory Powers Bill we wanted to share this recent article by our Director, Andrew Noakes.


Lacking an answer to the problem of radicalisation, the government has confused tactics with strategy…mass surveillance is not only ineffective but downright counter-productive.

Read the article in full here.

The Q&A with Keir Starmer MP will take place on Wednesday 16 March, 5:30pm at
Committee Room 8, Houses of Parliament. Please register to attend by emailing

LCHR releases Investigatory Powers Bill Briefing

The Investigatory Powers Bill (IPB) marks the culmination of the debate about mass
surveillance in the UK. On the one hand, it is an extraordinary step forward. It brings the
activities of GCHQ, Britain’s communications spy agency, out into the open and gives them a firm legal basis. On the other hand, the Bill enshrines into law many of the surveillance practices that have generated public concern, while offering inadequate safeguards to prevent their misuse. Worse still, the effectiveness of the proposed powers remains in doubt. There is strong reason to believe they are at best a distraction from effective counter-terrorism techniques, and at worse wholly counter-productive.

This briefing covers a range of issues in the debate around the IPB, including the Bill’s likely impact on privacy, the potential for misuse and the proposed oversight system, encryption, and the efficacy of the powers.

LCHR recommends Labour MPs pursue a set of changes to the bill to address each of these areas.

Download the full briefing here


Update: Q&A with Keir Starmer MP

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Wednesday 16 March, 5:30pm
Location: Committee Room 8, Houses of Parliament

Q&A with Keir Starmer MP on mass surveillance and the Investigatory Powers Bill.

Moderated by novelist, journalist and liberties campaigner Henry Porter. With contributions from:

Sara Ogilvie, Liberty
Jim Killock, Open Rights Group
Eric King, Don’t Spy on Us

Keir Starmer is Labour’s Shadow Home Office Minister and is leading Labour’s response to the government’s Investigatory Powers Bill, which will enshrine mass surveillance powers into UK law. The Bill is currently being scrutinised by Parliament and Labour is playing a key role in this process.

Keir will be joining us to speak to Labour members, MPs, civil society, and interested members of the public about Labour’s policy on mass surveillance and the Bill. This will be an excellent opportunity to quiz Keir about Labour’s approach and his views on surveillance and civil liberties.

You must register to attend this event. Please e-mail to register.