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Amnesty International has called yesterday's vote in the Lords which approved the government's controversial Justice and Security Bill "a terrible day for British Justice".
Amnesty International has warned that the government is “just not listening” to widespread criticism of its proposed secret justice measures.
An influential Parliamentary committee says that the Government is failing to demonstrate the need for a roll-out of secret courts across the British justice system.
The main candidates in the Eastleigh by-election have been challenged to set out their position on the Government’s plans to roll out secret courts.
Ministers were yesterday (5 February) successful in pushing through changes which would further strengthen their ability to use secret courts.
Ministers are attempting to roll back concessions won by the Lords over their plans for secret courts, says the legal charity Reprieve.
The Government is to push ahead with plans for secret courts despite concerns raised by victims of state wrongdoing or negligence.
The Government is refusing to publish legal advice on whether plans for secret courts conflict with the right to a fair trial, claiming that “public interest” requires secrecy.
Amnesty International has condemned an announcement in the Queen’s Speech that the government will bring forward a Bill to allow new secret justice measures.
The civil liberties organisation Liberty has responded with dismay as plans for what it calls "a new Snooper’s Charter" and Secret Courts were included in today's Queen’s Speech.