This website was set up to support the case of eight women who were decieved into having long term intimate relationships with undercover police officers and as part of a wider campaign to expose and end the practice of undercover police officers entering into intimate and sexual relationships whilst undercover. The five officers named in the case were all engaged in infiltrating environmental and social justice campaign groups between the 1980′s and 2010.
In December 2011 the eight women launched legal action against the Metropolitan Police for the harm caused. The women assert that the actions of the undercover officers breached their rights as protected by the European Convention on Human Rights, including Article 3 (no one shall be subject to inhumane and degrading treatment) and Article 8 (respect for private and family life, including the right to form relationships without unjustified interference by the state). The women are also bringing claims for deceit, assault, misfeasance in public office and negligence. They seek to highlight and prevent the continuation of psychological, emotional and sexual abuse of campaigners and others by undercover police officers.
As the women say:
“We are bringing this case because we want to see an end to the sexual and psychological abuse of campaigners and others by undercover police officers. It is unacceptable that state agents can cultivate intimate and long lasting relationships with political activists in order to gain so called intelligence on those political movements.
We believe our case highlights institutionalised sexism within the police. It is incredible that if the police want to search someones house they are required to get the permission of a judge, yet if they want to send in an agent who may live and sleep with activists in their homes, this can happen without any apparent oversight!”
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