On behalf of F, a 14 year old boy, Liberty brought a challenge to the police’s power, in designated areas, to take young people under the age of 16 home if they were out after 9 p.m. Among other arguments, Liberty relied on F’s rights under Articles 5, 8 and 14 (rights to liberty, respect for the person and right not to be discriminated against). The Government conceded that the power could only be used against those engaged in anti-social behaviour and not against people like F who were law-abiding.
Liberty (also known as the National Council for Civil Liberties) seeks to protect civil liberties and promote human rights for everyone. Liberty campaigns to protect basic rights and freedoms through the courts, in Parliament and in the wider community. We do this through a combination of public campaigning, test case litigation, parliamentary lobbying, policy analysis and the provision of free advice and information.