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Cases against the British Government

Human rights are relevant to all of us, not just those who face repression or mistreatment. They protect each of us in many areas of our day-to-day lives. They enable us to live with dignity. 

The right not to be tortured, the right to life, the right to personal liberty, the right to a fair trial are just some of the rights we all enjoy and are guaranteed by the state. Yet, all too often our work has shone a light on attempts to weaken core civil liberties by the British and other state governments in the name of colonial aggression, fighting terrorism or international wars. 

We have acted for British and international torture survivors, those whose personal freedoms were wrongly curtailed, British servicemen and women, individuals held in detention without charge or trial. In doing so we have helped thousands of people both in Britain and abroad protect their dignity and secure redress for these wrongs from the British Government, European and other international governments. With us by their side, these people felt empowered to act and hold powerful governments and state officials to account for their actions even in the most difficult of circumstances.   

From British soldiers and their families, Guantanamo Bay detainees, individuals detained in Iraq and Afghanistan, slave labourers and Mau Mau torture victims,– when the British government overlooked their personal freedoms, we empowered them to stand up for their rights. 

Leigh Day’s cases on behalf of British and overseas citizens whose rights have been breached by the British Government, have led to essential justice for our clients. This is despite the massive pressure brought to bear by the State in such cases. By pursuing these cases our clients have helped to uphold the rule of law. These cases have involved extraordinarily complex legal issues, involving international law, the laws of war and national laws of different countries.
  • Historic colonial torture victims are able to sue the British state  
  • Soldiers who suffered injuries or died during military operations due to inadequate training or equipment may bring legal claims against the British Government
  • The Human Rights Act applies to military operations abroad and military conduct must be compatible with laws of war and the Humans Right Act 

We are prepared to challenge government impunity and hold them to account. We are ready to help you stand up for your rights.

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