Human rights case

Kate with Mark Kennedy

Kate was deceived into a long-term, intimate relationship with an undercover police officer, Mark Kennedy.   She is now taking a case to the Investigatory Power’s Tribunal (IPT), claiming that the police violated her Human Rights under Articles 3, 8, 10, 11 and 14 of the European Convention of Human Rights.

In 2017, Kate was one of 8 women who have won an historic apology from the Metropolitan Police over their relationships with undercover police. If successful, this case will finally give clarity that sexual relationships between undercover officers and members of the public under any circumstances are unlawful. Kate’s claim also questions the legitimacy of such political policing in a democratic society, and the legality of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) that is used to authorise such operations. The IPT  itself, is of questionable independence and legitimacy as a judicial body .

Summary of the IPT pleadings
Press releases about this case
History of the eight women’s case
Human rights claims
Why this HR claim is being heard in the IPT
Investigatory Powers Tribunal

What you can do
We are looking for campaigning allies against undercover policing and the surveillance state. It is intimidating to take on the state alone, and together we will be stronger.

……write us messages of support… organise solidarity actions….. help us campaign on the issue….. share on social media…. write about our case…. link to your existing campaigns….

We would be grateful to hear about if you would tell us of any solidarity work you do, and share with us contacts/suggestions for other possible allies.

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