LCHR warmly welcomes the inquiry. What is more, the Committee’s willingness to open up to evidence from the public undoubtedly shows its readiness to engage in an informed and responsible debate.
Meanwhile, the debate on the transparency and accountability of intelligence services has been gathering pace. In his defence of the Guardian published today, Tom Watson calls for a parliamentary debate on mass surveillance, and Tempora in particular. He claims that instead of investigating the newspaper, the Prime Minister should turn his attention to what is possibly one the biggest civil rights violations the UK has seen to date.
The Guardian has been subjected to attacks from the politicians and the media alike, despite its unique contribution to the national debate on the right to privacy. LCHR believes that its journalists have been acting in the public interest, reporting conscientiously on the lack of accountability and oversight, and the possible abuse of power. LCHR continues to support the Guardian’s investigation into this topic, valuing its commitment to civil liberties and freedom of expression.
Photos from the LCHR Launch Event
Last Wednesday LCHR had its Launch Event – “A Labour Vision for Human Rights” – at The Houses of Parliament. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who attended, especially our thought-provoking panellists: Sadiq Khan MP, Stephen Twigg MP, Kerry McCarthy MP, David Mepham and Andrew Noakes. Here are some pictures from the event courtesy of Rob Pinney.