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FounderFenner Brockway

Liberation (formerly the Movement for Colonial Freedom) is a political civil rights advocacy group which was founded in the United Kingdom in 1954, and named in 1970. The latest issue of Liberation's Journal was published in the Winter of 2019/2020.[1]

Central Council

Liberation has a Central Council of elected members. Its retiring Chair is former MP Kelvin Hopkins, current General Secretary is Maggie Bowden and current Treasurer is Peter Talbot. Previous Chairs include Labour MPs Fenner Brockway, Stan Newens and Jeremy Corbyn. Among previous Treasurers of Liberation is Tony Benn.

Aims and Objectives


We oppose military aggression by the great powers, and economic warfare through blockades and sanctions. We campaign for peace and disarmament.

Economic Justice

We oppose economic exploitation of the developing world by mulitnational corporations, and the neoliberal policies of the IMF/World Bank and G7 governments. We support social development and economic self-determination for developing countries.


We support the rights of asylum seekers, migrant workers and other minorities facing racist abuse and discrimination. We oppose detention without charge and other attacks on human rights imposed in the name of fighting terrorism.

Human Rights

We represent at the United Nations all peoples deprived of their fundamental democratic rights and freedoms.


We build international solidarity particularly through the trade unions and other mass organisations. We help the representatives of national movements for self-determination and human rights to make their work in the UK, the United Nations and in their own countries effective.


We seek to increase public awareness of the issues of international economic justice and human rights though our own and joint events, in Parliament and through the media.[2]


Documents sourced from Liberation

TitleTypeSubject(s)Publication dateAuthor(s)
Document:The Syrian Protest Movement and its Historical ContextarticleLibya
29 April 2011Mazda Majidi
Document:The Truth About the Situation in Libyawebpage2011 Attacks on Libya23 August 2011Brian Becker