Kate Wilson’s human rights hearing: what you need to know

Stories of undercover officers having relationships with activists have shocked the nation. On October 3rd, there is an important hearing in a case being brought by Kate Wilson against the Metropolitan Police. It concerns human rights abuses committed through her intimate relationship with Undercover Officer Mark Kennedy. Read on to find out all you need to know to support her in this case.

Take action
If you want to show your support:

  • Come to the demonstration outside the court before the hearing (please note that the venue has now changed – to Court 73 at the Royal Courts of Justice, so we’ll now be demonstrating in the Strand at 9:30am!)
  • Attend the hearing – don’t forget to inform us you want to do this
  • Follow and share what is happening on social media – FB: policespiesoutoflives, Twitter: out_of_lives, #spycops, with live tweeting from us and our supporters on the day
  • Write a message of support, like the statement from La Via Campesina, for us to read out loud on the day. Or record your message, in your own voice, and send it to us to play! Our email address is contact@policespiesoutoflives.org.uk
  • Other ideas: …… organise solidarity actions….. help us campaign on the issue….. write about our case…. link to your existing campaigns….

Hear Kate and her legal team talk
On the very evening of this case, in central London, hear Kate and her legal team talk events in court, and what will happen next – not to be missed for those who want to understand more about this landmark case. Book tickets here

Background reading

A history of the case

Understand what is about to happen in the hearing

In Kate’s own words, the why the IPT must allow the case to continue

Recent press coverage (1, 2) of the police admitting that they undercover officer Mark Kennedy’s managers knew about his relationship with Kate

Further details of background of Kate’s case

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Police admit managers supported serious human rights abuses, but try to obstruct court from learning more

  • The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has admitted that a sexual relationship a police officer had while he was undercover was a violation of her  fundamental right not to be subjected to torture or inhumane and degrading treatment

  

  • They have admitted that he had the backing of his cover officers and line manager to  have that relationship.

 

  • They are now seeking to prevent the Tribunal from examining the legality of the operations, the role of sexism and political persecution in the decisions made, and the involvement of senior commanding officers.

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One woman’s legal battle for the truth about human rights abuses

“I was abused by an undercover police officer who was sent into my life, into my home, into my parents’ home, and into my bed, by the Metropolitan Police.”

Kate Wilson, lifelong social and environmental activist, was deceived into a long-term, intimate relationship by an undercover police officer, Mark Kennedy. She won a Civil Claim against the police and is now taking legal action under human rights legislation. There will be an important hearing in the case on Wednesday 3rd October, with a support demonstration outside beforehand.

Continue reading “One woman’s legal battle for the truth about human rights abuses”

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Inquiry’s ‘Strategic Review’ published today

Sir Pitchford (the first Chair of the Undercover Policing Inquiry) announced this “strategic review” over a year ago, once it had become clear that the Inquiry would take longer than the three years originally estimated for it.

 We have waited until today to learn of the Review’s contents. In his foreword, the current Chair of the Inquiry, Sir John Mitting, tells us that this is not a consultation document; he has very little interest in consulting us or listening to what we say.

He goes on to tell us that even if we, the Non-State Core Participants, decide not to participate any further in the process, “the Inquiry will get as close to the truth as it can without them”.

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Jenny Jones demands answers: who in government knew about spycops relationships?

23rd March 2018

On Wednesday this week, Baroness Jenny Jones spoke in the House of Lords to demand an answer to the question of how long the government has known about the tactic of undercover police officers using sexual relationships with their targets to develop their cover stories (1,2).

The question followed on the heels of the revelation the same day in the Undercover Policing Public Inquiry that police have admitted that the intimate relationships cultivated by infamous undercover officer Mark Kennedy were known about and “acquiesced to” by not only his cover officers but also his line management Continue reading “Jenny Jones demands answers: who in government knew about spycops relationships?”

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