British MPs call for law changes to help young Hongkongers flee to UK – The Guardian

‘More than nine in 10 people who have faced protest charges in Hong Kong are too young to access a UK visa scheme dedicated to helping Hongkongers flee to Britain, according to advocates and MPs calling for new laws to assist them.’

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The Guardian, 28th November 2021

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Supreme Court hears Kurdish flags appeal – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Three men found guilty of carrying a Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) flag are appealing against their convictions at the Supreme Court, arguing that a ‘strict liability’ offence for carrying the flag of a proscribed organisation is ‘incompatible’ with their right to freedom of expression.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 22nd November 2021

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UK court sends 9 road-blocking climate protesters to prison – The Independent

Posted November 18th, 2021 in climate change, demonstrations, injunctions, news, road traffic, sentencing by tracey

‘A British court on Wednesday sentenced nine members of the climate action group Insulate Britain to up to six months in prison for breaching an injunction designed to prevent road blockades.’

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The Independent, 17th November 2021

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Gaddafi minister found jointly liable for 1984 killing of PC Yvonne Fletcher – The Guardian

Posted November 17th, 2021 in demonstrations, joint liability, Libya, murder, news, police by sally

‘A former minister in Muammar Gaddafi’s government was jointly liable for the shooting of PC Yvonne Fletcher outside the Libyan embassy in London in 1984, a high court judge has ruled.’

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The Guardian, 16th November 2021

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Bristol ‘Kill the Bill’ protester convicted of trying to endanger police by torching vans – The Independent

Posted November 1st, 2021 in arson, bills, demonstrations, news, police, professional conduct, public order by tracey

‘A protester has been convicted of trying to endanger the life of a police officer by torching a van during a riot after the “Kill the Bill” demonstrations in Bristol earlier this year.’

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The Independent, 30th October 2021

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Insulate Britain: Injunction banning protests on London’s roads extended – BBC News

‘An injunction to ban Insulate Britain protesters from holding demonstrations on London’s roads has been extended.’

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BBC News, 19th October 2021

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Euston tunnel HS2 protesters walk free from court – The Guardian

Posted October 8th, 2021 in demonstrations, environmental protection, news, railways, trespass by tracey

‘Six environmental protesters who occupied a tunnel close to Euston station in protest against the HS2 high-speed link earlier this year walked free from court after charges in connection with the occupation were dismissed by a judge.’

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The Guardian, 6th October 2021

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Interim and final injunctions: the differences – Local Government Lawyer

‘Roderick Morton considers two injunction cases which neatly illustrate the differences between interim and final injunctions.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 8th October 2021

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Civil liberties groups criticise Priti Patel’s plan to criminalise protest – The Guardian

‘Civil liberties groups have reacted with dismay to Priti Patel’s plan to criminalise protest groups, saying demonstrations are a “core pillar of any healthy democracy”.’

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The Guardian, 5th October 2021

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Priti Patel to enable police to stop disruptive protesters going to demos – The Guardian

‘Protesters disrupting motorways will be prevented from travelling around the country under new powers to be handed to the police, Priti Patel will announce on Tuesday.’

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The Guardian, 5th October 2021

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Patel pledges six months in prison or big fines for motorway protesters – The Guardian

‘Protesters disrupting motorways will face up to six months in prison or unlimited fines under plans to stop climate campaigners bringing traffic to a halt, Priti Patel will say this week.’

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The Guardian, 3rd October 2021

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Council fails in bid for final injunction prohibiting defendants from anti-social behaviour in any public space in borough – Local Government Lawyer

Posted September 27th, 2021 in coronavirus, demonstrations, injunctions, local government, London, news, nuisance by sally

‘A High Court judge has rejected an application by the London Borough of Hackney for a final injunction prohibiting a number of defendants until 13 September 2022 from engaging in various activities which were said to constitute anti-social behaviour and/or public nuisance in any public space in the borough.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 24th September 2021

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Judge issues protest warning as Paralympian jailed for plane stunt – The Guardian

‘A British Paralympic gold medallist has been jailed for a year for glueing himself to the roof of a passenger jet in an Extinction Rebellion protest – the first custodial sentence for any action linked to the group.’

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The Guardian, 24th September 2021

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Government takes legal action against M25 climate protesters – Home Office

‘Activists who have been carrying out a string of disruptive demonstrations along the M25, causing travel chaos for tens of thousands of people, will be in contempt of court if they breach the terms of an interim injunction won by National Highways today (22 September 2021).’

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Home Office, 22nd September 2021

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Ministers plan legal action to stop Insulate Britain disrupting motorways – The Guardian

‘Priti Patel and Grant Shapps are seeking a court injunction to stop environmental protesters from targeting major motorways after five days of tailbacks and damaging headlines for the government.’

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The Guardian, 21st September 2021

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XR demands answers on how protests will be policed after Supreme Court defends disruptive demonstrations – The Independent

‘Extinction Rebellion has demanded to know how its upcoming demonstrations will be policed after the Supreme Court ruled that protest can be a “lawful excuse” to block roads under human rights law.’

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The Independent, 22nd August 2021

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Discriminatory Denial of Peaceful Assembly in the UK – Oxford Human Rights Hub

‘In July 2020, the UN Human Rights Committee adopted General Comment No. 37 on the right to peaceful assembly, directing States to recognise the “intrinsic value” of the right, and to “promote an enabling environment for the exercise of the right to peaceful assembly without discrimination”. The Human Rights Committee also reaffirmed that, even in states of emergencies, states’ obligations to ensure non-discrimination remain: emergency measures must not discriminate either in their purpose or their effects.’

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Oxford Human Rights Hub, 19th August 2021

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The police bill is not about law and order – it’s about state control – The Guardian

‘Tucked away in the government’s 300-page police, crime, sentencing and courts bill, are various clauses which will have serious implications for the right to protest. The bill seeks to quietly criminalise “serious annoyance”, increase police powers to restrict protests, and give the home secretary discretion over what types of protests are allowed.’

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The Guardian, 9th August 2021

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Prosecutors review Extinction Rebellion cases as third protester in three days has conviction quashed – The Independent

‘Prosecutors are reviewing numerous Extinction Rebellion cases after a third protester in as many days had their conviction quashed.’

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The Independent, 5th August 2021

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Extinction Rebellion: Paralympian James Brown guilty over plane stunt – BBC News

‘A former Paralympian who glued himself to the roof of a plane has been found guilty of causing a public nuisance.’

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BBC News, 29th July 2021

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