On the occasion of Pope Benedict's visit to Britain, Christians could benefit by revisiting Lord Acton’s legacy, and seeking in our own time to grapple with difficult questions, informed by love of God and neighbour, says Savi Hensman.
Britain has a “once in a generation” opportunity to reform counter-terrorism measures, according to the civil rights organisation Liberty. They welcomed an invitation from government to participate in a review of anti-terrorism legislation.
Campaigners have welcomed the government's decision to scrap the controversial Section 44 of the Terrorism Act, which allowed the police to stop and search anyone, without requiring "reasonable suspicion".
The Court of Human Rights has ruled that section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000, which gives the police broad powers to stop and search without suspicion, violates the right to respect for private life guaranteed by Article 8 of the Convention on Human Rights.
Campaigners are today awaiting a High Court ruling on the use of control orders. The court will examine the cases of two individuals who are subject to the orders, key aspects of which were last month declared to be illegal by the law lords.