Liberty (formally known as the National Council for Civil Liberties or NCCL) is an advocacy group based in the United Kingdom, which campaigns to protect civil liberties and promote human rights – through the courts, in Parliament and in the wider community.
The NCCL was founded in 1934 by Ronald Kidd and Sylvia Crowther-Smith (later Scaffardi). In 2009, the organisation celebrated its 75th anniversary. The event was marked with a conference which saw some of Britain's leading thinkers and campaigners debate the challenges to rights and freedom in modern Britain.
Liberty's aim is to not only protect civil liberties but also to engender a "rights culture" within British society. The current director of Liberty is Shami Chakrabarti, who took the role in September 2003.