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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Policing Bill: MPs vote for ‘draconian’ protest laws despite mounting opposition – The Independent

Posted July 6th, 2021 in bills, demonstrations, human rights, news, parliament, police by tracey

‘MPs have voted for “draconian” protest laws in spite of mounting warnings over human rights and questions over whether police want or need the powers.’

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The Independent, 5th July 2021

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Sarah Everard: Police violated rights at demos, say MPs – BBC News

Posted July 2nd, 2021 in bills, demonstrations, murder, news, police, professional conduct, rape by tracey

‘Police breached “fundamental rights” at a vigil for Sarah Everard and “Kill the Bill” protests earlier this year, an inquiry by MPs has found.’

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BBC News, 1st July 2021

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Supreme Court backs protesters and rules blocking roads can be ‘lawful’ way to demonstrate – The Independent

‘The Supreme Court has ruled that protests can be a “lawful excuse” to block roads, as the government pushes for new laws to limit peaceful demonstrations. Britain’s most senior judges said it was right to acquit a group of protesters who blockaded the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) arms fair in London in 2017.’

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The Independent, 26th June 2021

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UK introducing three laws that threaten human rights, says UN expert – The Guardian

‘Boris Johnson’s government is introducing three pieces of legislation that will make human rights violations more likely to occur and less likely to be sanctioned even as averting climate catastrophe depends on these rights, the UN special rapporteur for human rights and the environment has said.’

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The Guardian, 24th June 2021

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Curbs on protests in policing bill breach human rights laws, MPs and peers say – The Guardian

Posted June 22nd, 2021 in bills, demonstrations, human rights, news, reports, select committees by sally

‘Restrictions on protests in the controversial new policing bill breach human rights laws and will increase the risk of peaceful demonstrators in England and Wales being criminalised, MPs and peers have warned.’

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The Guardian, 22nd June 2021

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Face mask rules: do they really violate personal liberty? – City Law Forum

Posted June 3rd, 2021 in coronavirus, demonstrations, news, regulations by sally

‘Several hundred people assembled in London’s Hyde Park in July 2020 to protest rules making face masks mandatory in shops and supermarkets to help control the spread of COVID-19. This was not an isolated event. Similar protests have occurred in many places around the world in reaction to the prospect of “mask mandates” – especially in the United States.’

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City Law Forum, 2nd June 2021

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Lawyers threaten council with court action to provide ‘buffer zones’ outside abortion clinics amid protests – The Independent

Posted May 20th, 2021 in abortion, demonstrations, local government, news by tracey

‘Lawyers have threatened to launch a first-of-its-kind legal action to introduce a “buffer zone” outside abortion clinics to stop protesters “heartlessly” targeting women seeking pregnancy terminations.’

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The Independent, 18th May 2021

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Extinction Rebellion trial delayed as accused glues hand to table – BBC News

Posted May 11th, 2021 in delay, demonstrations, magistrates, news, road safety by sally

‘A trial of six people over an Extinction Rebellion protest was delayed when a defendant glued himself to a table in court.’

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BBC News, 10th May 2021

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Anti-protest curbs in UK policing bill ‘violate international rights standards’ – The Guardian

‘Anti-protest curbs contained in the new policing bill are disproportionate, hand subjective powers to officers and the home secretary, and violate international human rights standards, MPs and peers have been told.’

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The Guardian, 28th April 2021

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Law firm takes up case of nurse fined £10,000 for 1% pay protest – The Guardian

Posted April 26th, 2021 in coronavirus, demonstrations, fines, law firms, news, nurses, police, remuneration by tracey

‘One of the UK’s biggest police forces is refusing to back down after being accused of wrongly issuing a £10,000 fine to a nurse who was protesting over the government’s 1% pay rise for NHS workers, reigniting concern over new powers to inhibit protest.’

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The Guardian, 24th April 2021

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UK’s ‘headlong rush into abandoning human rights’ rebuked by Amnesty – The Guardian

‘Amnesty International has published a stark rebuke of the UK government’s stance on human rights, saying that it is “speeding towards the cliff edge” in its policies on housing and immigration, and criticising its seeming determination to end the legal right for the public to challenge government decisions in court.’

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The Guardian, 7th April 2021

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If the government cares about freedom of expression, why is it passing the police and crime bill? – Kirsty Brimelow – The Guardian

Posted April 6th, 2021 in bills, demonstrations, freedom of expression, news, police by sally

‘The new legislation would crush the principle of policing by consent in the UK and stifle democratic change.’

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The Guardian, 5th April 2021

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Police watchdog accused of skewing report to back protests clampdown – The Guardian

‘The official policing inspectorate showed repeated bias in favour of the police and against peaceful protesters as it compiled a report which backed a government clampdown, a whistleblower has alleged. The complainant says a report on protest released in March this year was skewed in favour of the government view, with conclusions reached before evidence was gathered and assessed.’

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The Guardian, 31st March 2021

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Sarah Everard vigil report strongly defends police’s use of force – The Guardian

Posted March 31st, 2021 in demonstrations, inquiries, news, police by tracey

‘The police inspectorate has delivered a sweeping exoneration of officers’ manhandling of women mourning the killing of Sarah Everard, instead denouncing politicians who criticised the force.’

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The Guardian, 30th March 2021

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Prophet Muhammad cartoon sparks Batley Grammar School protest – BBC News

Posted March 26th, 2021 in complaints, demonstrations, Islam, news, school children, teachers by tracey

‘A teacher who showed pupils an “inappropriate” cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad – sparking protests outside a school – has been suspended.’

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BBC News, 25th March 2021

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Clapham vigil policing investigator is suing Home Office for sex and race bias – The Guardian

‘The investigator helping coordinate the official inquiry into the Metropolitan police’s handling of the Sarah Everard vigil and concerns over women’s safety is suing the Home Office for sex discrimination over claims that he has been penalised for being a “white man”, the Observer can reveal.’

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The Guardian, 21st March 2021

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