Call for demonstration as police seek to shut down undercover relationships Human Rights case

  • When? 3rd October 9.30am (before a case hearing which is expected to start at 10.30am) in Court 5
  • Where? Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) located in Fleetbank House, Salisbury Square, London, EC4Y 8JX (off Fleet Street, nearest tube Blackfriars)
  • What about? Showing public support for a woman’s fight for the truth and to outlaw the practice of undercover cops deceiving women into intimate relationships
  • Who should come? Anyone who cares about our right to participate in campaigning without fear of abuse by the state

This Human Rights case around undercover relationships is of enormous public interest, and yet the police are trying to shut it down. We need you to be part of demonstrating the public interest in this case continuing.

Kate Wilson is one of the women whose stories of their abusive relationships with undercover police have shocked the nation. She is taking what might be a unique case against the Metropolitan Police concerning the abuse of her human rights when she was deceived into a long term intimate relationship with Mark Kennedy, an undercover officer. A summary of the case is here.

At this court hearing, the Police are trying to get the case closed down to avoid disclosing the full extent of the abuses, and to prevent the Tribunal from examining the legality of the operations, the role of sexism and political persecution in the decisions made, and exactly how many senior commanding officers, knew about it.

Relationships are one of the most profoundly disturbing tools of social control so far unearthed as part of the decades-long activity of undercover units. It is essential that the Police are forced to reveal the full truth of what happened, and be held account for it. This would enable people to participate in social and environmental justice campaigning without fear of further such abuse. The public need to be reassured that the legality of the operations is being examined so the legal framework around undercover policing can be corrected.

Public outrage at the treatment of women at the hands of the police has meant that they have not been able to sweep these cases under the carpet, and it is essential that we continue to show the public interest in these brave women holding the state to account.

Come to the demo to show your support! Come into the court hearing itself at 10.30am, and show the Judge the level of public interest. Please let us know if you are intending to sit in court, so we can ensure there is enough space – contact@policespiesoutoflives.org.uk.

If you can’t make it, then make noise on social media – talk about it to your friends, or write to your MP. We must keep up the public pressure and hold the state to account.

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What next for the #spycops campaign?

Thanks to Lush and their bold window campaign, tens of thousands of people have now learnt about the #spycops scandal, and the many ways in which these undercover police officers ‘crossed the line’.

Along with the others whose lives were infiltrated, targeted by the #spycops due to their involvement in groups campaigning for change, we are calling for the truth about these abusive, intrusive, political policing units to be uncovered.

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Lush has taken the critics by surprise

Today, the Lush campaign returns to shop windows across the U.K.

The decision to suspend the window campaign last Friday was made by Lush, for the safety and well-being of their staff. In some stores, they had been subjected to aggressive behaviour and verbal attacks from angry critics. Like other #spycops campaigners, we condemn the bullying and harassment of people in their work-places.

As we and Lush have been saying ever since Friday, “the conversation continues” – we are campaigning as hard as ever, and have been boosted by all the public support that we’ve received.

The manufactured ‘controversy’ led to Lush’s latest window campaign becoming front-page news, and many more people learning about the shocking #spycops scandal for the very first time.

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Letters about the Lush campaign

We want the truth

We are victims of what has become known as the “spycops” operation, and their legal representatives and supporters.
In many of these secret undercover operations the police have admitted to violation of human rights, abuse of police powers and causing significant trauma, including inhuman and degrading treatment breaching article 3 of the European convention of human rights.
We are pressing for the current public inquiry into undercover policing to ensure that there is full disclosure of what took place, including who was targeted, by whom and how.
Without this full disclosure there is no way of knowing the full extent of what happened during the dark years of this secret policing operation.
The cosmetics retailer Lush has used its facilities to help us as victims press for full disclosure and reform so that this never happens again. This is not an attack on police; it serves to help all those in the police service who wish to uphold the highest standards of policing.
For this we thank Lush for its support. We condemn those who have misrepresented Lush and our campaign and especially those who have sought to intimidate Lush staff.
#WeStandWithLush

 

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Our initial reaction to the Lush #spycops campaign

Read our blog-post about the campaign here.

The Lush #spycops campaign, launched last week, is the latest – and arguably the most successful – attempt to draw this ongoing police scandal to the public’s attention. Its aim is to put pressure on the Home Secretary to restore public confidence in the Inquiry into Undercover Policing that was established in 2015 by Theresa May to discover the truth about the activities of these secret policing units. The Inquiry has been fraught with difficulties. Continue reading “Our initial reaction to the Lush #spycops campaign”

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