Nothing to hide, nothing to fear? Why we should be worried about the erosion of our civil liberties

NOA Community Centre (Ferry Centre)
Summertown, Oxford

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In this talk, Anita Coles will give a general overview of the main issues relating to civil liberties and human rights in the UK today. She will address some of the more outstanding issues of concern, such as mass data retention (including DNA), ID cards and the Children's Index. She will discuss authorised surveillance, counter-terrorism, approaches toward asylum seekers and concerns surrounding police powers. She will also discuss the importance of the Human Rights Act and the need to broaden understanding and respect for human rights values at a time when civil liberties and human rights are under threat.

Anita Coles is a Policy Officer at Liberty (The National Council for Civil Liberties) which she joined in 2008. She is principally involved with Liberty's parliamentary lobbying and policy development. After graduating from the University of Melbourne with a double degree in Arts and Law, she qualified to practice in Australia. She then worked at the Federal Court of Australia, working on cases involving public law matters and refugee claims. After practicing as a solicitor in a litigation department, she then worked for two years as Parliamentary Counsel in Victoria, Australia, drafting legislation. Anita came to the UK in 2007 to undertake her Master of Laws at the University of Cambridge, specialising in human rights law.

£8.00 (Friends £3.00)