The Convention on Modern Liberty

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The Convention on Modern Liberty is a British voluntary body and programme of the Open Trust, set up in September 2008, that aims to highlight what it sees as the erosion of civil liberties in the UK. Its stated purpose is: "A call to all concerned with attacks on our fundamental rights and freedoms under pressure from counter-terrorism, financial breakdown and the database state."[1]

The campaign was founded by Henry Porter, London editor of Vanity Fair, and Anthony Barnett, a founder member of Charter 88. It is sponsored by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, openDemocracy, Liberty (UK), NO2ID, and The Guardian.

In February 2009, the Convention organised the largest civil liberties gathering ever held in the UK, with meetings of journalists, lawyers, politicians, and campaigners held in eight cities across the country. Speakers included Shami Chakrabarti, Marina Warner, Fatima Bhutto, Timothy Garton Ash, Clive Stafford Smith, Helena Kennedy, and Joanne Cash.[2]


  1. ^ McVeigh, Tracy. Liberty groups unite to defend UK rights, The Observer, March 1, 2009.
  2. ^ McCrum, Robert. Meet the new freedom fighters, The Observer, February 22, 2009.

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