Democratic Rights in Britain
By Mel Simpson, 24 September 2011
Sean Duffy was sentenced to jail for the maximum sentence of 18 weeks and banned from using social networking sites for five years.
“Are we paying people just to come and kill us?”
By Paul Bond, 13 September 2011
The riots triggered by the police killing of Mark Duggan on August 4 have unleashed a wave of legal repression, including numerous raids by armed response units seeking to arrest alleged rioters.
By Zach Reed, 12 September 2011
The funeral of Mark Duggan was held in North London on September 9. Hundreds gathered to pay their respects to the 29-year-old father of four, whose death at the hands of police on August 4 sparked riots in several cities in England.
By Robert Stevens, 31 August 2011
In the space of just seven days, three more people have been killed in police operations in the UK involving the use of lethal Taser guns and pepper spray.
By Robert Stevens, 26 August 2011
Three weeks after the outbreak of widespread rioting in London, the Metropolitan Police continue to hunt down anyone suspected of involvement.
By Harvey Thompson, 24 August 2011
On August 16, officers from Cumbria Police responded to reports that a man was causing a disturbance at an address in Barrow-in-Furness.
By Richard Duckworth, 19 August 2011
The Bristol riots are a reflection of social deprivation and exclusion in Bristol, and also of the political disenfranchisement of the working class.
By our reporting teams, 19 August 2011
Reporting teams from the World Socialist Web Site spoke to residents in the cities of Manchester and Leeds about recent riots, police brutality and the social conditions facing working class youth on a daily basis.
By Robert Stevens, 18 August 2011
Crown court judges in England handed down long jail sentences to two young men for posting comments on Facebook.
By Julie Hyland, 17 August 2011
The events of the last 12 days are a warning to the working class in Britain and internationally.
By Robert Stevens, 15 August 2011
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has admitted it “may have inadvertently given misleading information” about the circumstances surrounding the police shooting of 29-year-old Mark Duggan in Tottenham, north London.
By Robert Stevens, 13 August 2011
Magistrates’ courts in London and other British cities have begun to hand down the harshest possible sentences to those accused of involvement in the riots that swept across cities in England earlier this week.
By Socialist Equality Party (UK), 11 August 2011
The Socialist Equality Party unequivocally condemns the police assault that has been unleashed against young people in Britain and demands the immediate withdrawal of riot police from the areas they now occupy.
By Paul Stuart, 11 August 2011
In an attack on democratic rights, an August 4 public meeting called by the Socialist Equality Party was banned on political grounds by management at Vital Regeneration who are contracted to run residents meeting halls by Westminster local authority, London.
By Robert Stevens, 10 August 2011
Prime Minister David Cameron chaired a meeting of the governmental emergency COBRA committee yesterday and called a special sitting in parliament Thursday in response to continuing rioting in London and other cities in England.
By Julie Hyland, 8 August 2011
Disturbances broke out in Tottenham, north London on Saturday night. They followed protests over the shooting of Mark Duggan, a 29-year old father of four by police on Thursday.
By Steve James, 2 June 2011
The findings of the official inquiry into the murder of lawyer Rosemary Nelson, delivered after a six-year investigation, continue the cover-up by the British and Northern Ireland state apparatus.
By Robert Stevens, 25 May 2011
The University of Nottingham has suspended lecturer Rod Thornton after he published a paper on the May 2008 arrest of two men held under the Terrorism Act of 2000.
By our reporters, 25 April 2011
Thursday’s night of violent confrontations with the police in Bristol’s Stokes Croft area was triggered by the attempted forced eviction of a small, long-standing squat, revealing profound political resentments.
By Julie Hyland, 19 April 2011
UK Prime Minister David Cameron kicked off the Conservative Party’s campaign for elections in Scotland, Wales and northern England with another anti-immigrant speech to members in Hampshire.
By Chris Marsden, 4 March 2011
A survey commissioned by the anti-fascist group Searchlight has been given saturation media coverage in Britain.
By Julie Hyland, 1 February 2011
The UK government has announced plans intended to block further exposure of the work of undercover officers in political and protest groups.
By Julie Hyland, 20 January 2011
The private investigator at the centre of allegations of phone hacking by Murdoch’s News of the World has reportedly admitted that executives at the newspaper were aware of the practice.
By Robert Stevens, 19 January 2011
Last week, a trial of six environmental activists at Nottingham Crown Court in England collapsed following the exposure of an undercover police agent.
By Robert Stevens, 22 December 2010
In its coverage of the December 9 student protest in London, the World Socialist Web Site drew attention the brutal treatment meted out by riot police to Jody McIntyre, a 20-year old freelance journalist.
By Robert Stevens, 13 December 2010
The repression of students, lecturers, school pupils and others protesting against the British Conservative-Liberal Democrat government is the worst seen in decades.
By Chris Marsden, 11 December 2010
Alfie Meadows, 20, a student at Middlesex University, has suffered bleeding to the brain after being batoned by police during the December 9 tuition fees protest in London.
By Steve James, 6 November 2010
Scotland has been forced to agree that police suspects must be allowed the elementary right of access to a solicitor before questioning, after opposing this demand for more than two decades.
By Robert Stevens, 1 November 2010
The Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition is pushing ahead with plans to allow Britain’s security services and police to spy on the activities of every citizen who uses a phone or the internet.
By Barry Mason, 26 October 2010
Asylum seeker Jimmy Mubenga died October 11 as a result of an attempt to deport him from Britain to Angola.
By Robert Stevens, 27 July 2010
On July 22, the Crown Prosecution Service cleared a Territorial Support Group police officer, PC Simon Harwood, of any charges relating to the death of Ian Tomlinson during the G20 summit in London last April.
By Zach Reed, 27 July 2010
The Children’s Rights Alliance for England has revealed the brutal regime facing children held in privately run Secure Training Centres.
By Harvey Thompson, 17 July 2010
The inquest held July 13 into the death of Raoul Moat, who shot himself after a six-hour standoff with police, heard that he was also shot by two officers with Taser guns. The coroner said the cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head.
By Chris Marsden, 18 June 2010
The Saville Report into Bloody Sunday in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, on January 30, 1972, maintains the cover-up of one of the most infamous massacres ever perpetrated by British imperialism.
By Robert Skelton and Socialist Equality Party candidate for Manchester Central, 24 April 2010
The Socialist Equality Party, in its campaign in Manchester Central, has repeatedly encountered workers who are by no means racist, but who argue that with jobs and public services under attack, immigration is too high and must be curbed.
By Jordan Shilton, 22 April 2010
The details of up to one thousand Muslim students at University College London (UCL) have been made available to the CIA jointly by the university and the Students Union.
By Marcus Morgan and Paul Mitchell, 15 April 2010
A secret police operative, “Officer A”, spent years spying on the Socialist Party of England and Wales’ predecessor organisation, the Militant group and its youth organisation in the mid-1990s, according to the Observer newspaper.
By Richard Tyler, 14 April 2010
A legal Rubicon was crossed earlier this month when, for the first time in 400 years, an English court passed sentence in a criminal case heard by a judge sitting alone without a jury.
By Zach Reed, 11 March 2010
Six University of Sussex students have been suspended by Vice-Chancellor Michael Farthing for allegedly taking part in a peaceful occupation in Sussex House on March 3. Farthing informed the students of their suspension via e-mail.
By Paul Mitchell, 19 January 2010
This week five supporters of the Islamic fundamentalist organisation Islam4UK, who chanted anti-Army slogans at a military parade in Luton in March 2009, were convicted of using abusive words.
By Julie Hyland, 12 January 2010
Demands for new restrictions on democratic rights are being made after an Islamist group suggested it might hold an anti-war demonstration in Wootton Bassett, North Wiltshire.
By Paul Bond, 7 January 2010
The British ruling establishment has been quick to use the failed attempt to bomb Flight 253 into Detroit to demand greater control over universities, their student societies and foreign students in particular.
By Simon Whelan, 2 December 2009
UNICEF’s research into contemporary social conditions facing British children paints a startling picture of poverty and official neglect.
By Paul Bond, 1 December 2009
Recent events have revealed how the police specialist gun squad CO19 had instigated armed patrols of socially deprived estates in London, apparently without any authorisation and definitely without informing the public.
By Paul Mitchell, 27 November 2009
After a four and a half year struggle for justice, the family of Jean Charles de Menezes has been forced to make an out-of-court settlement with the Metropolitan Police. The family could have received just a third of the £300,000 compensation award they were seeking.
By Robert Stevens, 29 October 2009
A central feature of the assault on democratic rights in Britain, carried out by the Labour government in the name of the “war on terror,” is its effort to criminalise political activity.
Stockwell, by Kieron Barry
By Paul Bond, 29 September 2009
A review of Kieron Barry’s play Stockwell: The Inquest into the Death of Jean Charles de Menezes.
By Robert Stevens, 8 August 2009
On August 4 Parliament’s Joint Human Rights Committee called for an independent inquiry into claims that UK security services were complicit in the torture of up to 15 people in other countries.
By Harvey Thompson, 11 July 2009
The Guardian has published allegations that Rupert Murdoch’s News Group Newspapers (NGN) paid out over £1 million to settle legal cases that threatened to reveal the use of covert and criminal methods to obtain information on high-profile public figures.
By Robert Stevens, 5 May 2009
Last week, following a retrial, 3 men were found not guilty of helping to plan the London terrorist bombings in July 2005.
By Julie Hyland, 28 April 2009
Only the most damning political conclusions can be drawn from the admission that 12 people rounded up in a major terror scare in Britain have all been released without charge.
By Julie Hyland, 23 April 2009
A third autopsy has been held on Ian Tomlinson, the 47-year-old father of nine who collapsed and died after police attacked protesters at the G20 summit of world leaders in London earlier this month.
By Julie Hyland, 18 April 2009
Since the July 2005 killing of an innocent Brazilian worker, Jean Charles de Menezes, by plainclothes policemen, the legal framework of a police state has been enacted in Britain.
By Robert Stevens, 16 April 2009
In the largest police operation ever mounted against environmental protesters, more than 114 people were arrested in Sneinton, Nottingham, England on April 13.
By Simon Whelan, 9 April 2009
The government has discovered conclusive evidence of a construction industry employee blacklist.
By Paul Bond, 17 February 2009
No police officer is to face trial for the killing of Jean Charles de Menezes in London in July 2005.
By Paul Mitchell, 16 December 2008
Jurors have rejected police claims that Jean Charles de Menezes was lawfully killed and returned an open verdict. The decision was the most damaging outcome possible for the Metropolitan Police after the coroner ruled out the possibility of an unlawful killing verdict.
By Julie Hyland, 2 December 2008
A number of political issues are raised by the arrest of Conservative Member of Parliament Damian Green by anti-terrorist officers.
By Julie Hyland, 29 November 2008
The arrest of Conservative immigration minister, Damian Green, by counter-terrorist police is an extraordinary event that further underscores the assault on democratic rights by the Labour government.
By Robert Stevens, 29 November 2008
The British government is stepping up its efforts to deport Hicham Yezza to Algeria. The Home Office has decided to deny Yezza his right to a trial on alleged immigration charges and has stated that, after December 2, he will be liable to be deported from the UK.
By Vicky Short and Paul Mitchell, 17 October 2008
Explosive testimony has been presented to the inquest into the police killing of Jean Charles de Menezes, suggesting that he was shot even though he was known to be unarmed.
The defence of democratic rights based on a socialist perspective
23 September 2008
The following statement is being distributed by the ISSE during Freshers’ Week at university campuses across the UK.
A political conspiracy
By Julie Hyland, 12 September 2008
The conclusion of the trial of those accused of plotting to blow up transatlantic airlines in 2006 has created a major crisis for the Labour government and the security services. It has revealed the gaping disconnect between public opinion and official propaganda on the “war on terror.” So great is the damage that within days of the verdict the Crown Prosecution Service announced its intention to demand a retrial.
By Steve James, 4 September 2008
Proposals to introduce passport and identity checks for air and sea travellers between Britain and Ireland are being circulated by the British and Irish governments.