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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.

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I was abused by an undercover policeman. But how far up did the deceit go?

 

I was lied to by the police in a public apology that was supposed to be reparation for their deceit and abuse

In 2003 I fell in love with a man who did not exist. He was charismatic and romantic, and shared many of my interests and dreams. We lived together as lovers for more than a year. We travelled. He was close to my family, and placed himself at the centre of my world. We were the closest friends for seven years. I last saw him in August 2010. He took me for dinner, and afterwards we walked along the river and talked about our lives.

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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.

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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 73
  • Where? We’ve just found out that the case has been moved, to the Royal Courts of Justice, so we’ll be demonstrating outside in the Strand.
  • 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

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