Lawyers for Liberty is an independent, non-political organisation. Our members are volunteer lawyers and members of the judiciary who defend individual human rights, the universality of human rights, the rule of law, and equal treatment and fairness in order to maintain the foundation of our democratic and just society.
As members of the legal profession it is our responsibility to uphold justice. Over the years the UK is suffering a permanent shift of power towards the executive. Such permanent changes in the balance of power present profound and long-term impacts on the rule of law and our rights.
It is our intention to help citizens use their voice to show the government that there is a strong and overwhelming consensus that Democracy must be preserved. The defining feature of our democracy, this cornerstone of British values, is that citizens have a participatory role in political and civic life.
No matter what your view is on lockdowns, the truth of the matter is that we are no longer in an emergency situation. Our government, however, is still operating falsely in emergency mode and relying on emergency powers to the exclusion and suspension of the ordinary functioning of the country.
Such suspension of the normal functioning of parliamentary control and judicial oversight, coupled with repressive ‘crackdowns’ on the population and the removal of basic freedoms with the stated intention of controlling a virus, exposes one of the most damaging fallacies of this crisis: that emergency management ought to involve the suspension of rights, the rule of law and good governance.
This is clearly wrong. The government’s attempted control of the minutiae of our private lives is NOT the roadmap to public health and then liberty.
History shows we face challenges of such magnitude best when we hold onto the values that define us, not when we abandon them.
Lawyers for Liberty’s vision is to restore the balance of power that once existed between citizens and the state. We, along with our supporting team, aim for the UK to return to a free and fair democracy, and we seek to empower UK citizens to use their voices to achieve this together.
There is no historical precedent to suggest our democracy will spring back to full health ‘after this crisis’ – whenever that will be announced. Nevertheless, it is our vision to return us to a fair and liberated society. We believe that if we fight for democracy now we can, in due course, return to the parliamentary democracy, rule of law and full human rights formerly associated with Great Britain.
There is strength in numbers; therefore, the more lawyers and members of the judiciary that join us in our fight the more successful we will be.