Right to freedom of assembly and association in the UK

The UN Special Rapporteur on rights to freedom of assembly and association, Mr. Maina Kiai, has criticised the UK authorities use of spy cops, such as Mark Kennedy; the practice of ‘kettling’ peaceful protesters – where they are trapped (sometimes along with members of the public who had nothing to do with the protest) within a circle of police officers, often for hours at a time with no access to water or sanitary facilities; the categorisation of protest as ‘domestic extremism’; and the gathering of intelligence about peaceful protesters. His preliminary findings can be found here. The full report is to follow.

But, of course, no need to worry about these pesky human rights types. Theresa May has promised to scrap the Human Rights Act, and perhaps pull the UK out of its European obligations on human rights altogether if the Tories win the next election. So that’s alright then.

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