Liberty intervenes in fracking protesters’ sentencing appeal

16 October 2018

Liberty has today intervened in the case of three environmental activists who are appealing against their long prison sentences.

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Why you should get your face painted if you're marching against Trump

This Friday thousands of people will march in the ‘carnival of resistance’. And in the spirit of the day, Liberty will be staging its own act of resistance – painting faces to throw off intimidating, intrusive and discriminatory facial recognition cameras.

Police forces across the country have been rolling out facial recognition surveillance technology on our streets, and protest groups have told us it could put them off exercising their right to protest in the future.

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Cardiff resident launches first UK legal challenge to police use of facial recognition technology in public spaces

13 June 2018

A Cardiff resident has today launched the first legal challenge to a UK police force’s use of automated facial recognition (AFR) technology. He believes he was scanned by South Wales Police at a peaceful anti-arms protest and while doing his Christmas shopping.

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I was arrested at the last royal wedding. This time, the police must protect our right to protest.

As we are encouraged to deck our streets with bunting, and as our screens fill with footage of monarchists camping outside Windsor Castle, it’s easy to forget that not everybody is overwhelmed with excitement about Harry and Meghan’s nuptials.

For many, like me, it’s a high-profile chance to peacefully express our belief that the monarchy is outdated, undemocratic, and should be abolished.

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Royal Wedding: your protest rights

For many, Saturday’s Royal Wedding will be a chance to celebrate the happy couple – but others will want to use the opportunity to voice their opposition to the continued existence of the monarchy.

Whatever side of the debate you fall on, we should all agree that it’s important to be able to celebrate or protest peacefully and lawfully.

The last Royal Wedding between William and Kate in 2011 saw the police use oppressive tactics to crack down on protesters – even arresting people they knew had no intention of committing any crime.

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Human rights groups from ten countries launch INCLO to reshape rights landscape

11 October 2013

In response to increasing restrictions on personal freedoms and civil protest, independent national human rights organisations from ten countries today launched the International Network of Civil Liberties Organisations (INCLO). They also released “Take Back the Streets: Repression and Criminalisation of Protest Around the World,” a collection of nine case studies showing patterns of police crackdown and abuse against peaceful assembly, accompanied by concrete recommendations to expand free speech.

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Police target cyclists during Olympic opening

So the Metropolitan Police used the opening of the Olympics on Friday evening to have another go at Critical Mass, the monthly mass cycle ride around central London. It’s clear that the Met don’t like these slightly chaotic – there are no organisers and no planned route – pro-cycling outings on the last Friday of every month.

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Occupying the moral high ground

It’s always sad to see forced eviction marking the end of a non violent demonstration but credit must be given to the overwhelming majority of Occupy protesters who went as they came – in peace.

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Liberty demands judicial authorisation for undercover policing following HMIC report

02 February 2012

Today Liberty repeated its call for undercover officers to be authorised by the Courts after a new HMIC review of covert policing failed to go far enough.

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Protest - Your Rights

The right to peaceful protest – crucial in any free democracy – is a particularly hot topic right now. With the recent student march and the ongoing Occupy London Stock Exchange demonstration, protest is well and truly in the news.

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