Democratic Rights in Britain
Director of British rights group Cage convicted for refusing to reveal mobile phone and laptop pass codes
By Steve James, 4 October 2017
The conviction of Muhammed Rabbani underscores the significance of recent investigations into massive mobile phone surveillance in Britain by local police forces.
By Steve James, 30 September 2017
The ruling elite are calling for powers to exclude whole sections of the population from internet use, as and when politically convenient.
By Paul Mitchell and Robert Stevens, 18 September 2017
In the name of opposing “extremism,” the May government is preparing a drastic curtailment of democratic rights and civil liberties.
By Steve James, 16 September 2017
As with all such outrages, there is no reason to assume that the attack comes as a surprise to the British intelligence agencies.
By Steve James, 3 August 2017
In 2015, the Socialist Equality Party published an Open Letter to the Pitchford inquiry for “the immediate release of the names of all undercover police operatives, especially those active in the Workers Revolutionary Party (and its forerunners and successor organisations).”
By Peter Reydt, 1 August 2017
A new report details how working class criminals are incarcerated in “filthy and dilapidated”, vermin infested, overcrowded and violent “facilities.”
By Robert Stevens, 26 July 2017
It is already clear from the response of the police and Independent Police Complaints Commission that yet another cover-up of the death of a man in police custody is underway.
By Julie Hyland, 24 July 2017
Formerly socially owned and essential assets have been transferred wholesale to major corporations and hedge funds, jeopardising the lives of working people.
By Margot Miller and Robert Stevens, 21 June 2017
Angry denunciations of the tabloid flooded in after it tried to pin the blame for the horrific fire that cost the lives of at least 79 people on an Ethiopian taxi driver.
By Chris Marsden, 6 June 2017
As evidence continued to mount that the attackers received some degree of state protection, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn denounced Prime Minister Theresa May for having allowed “cuts in police numbers.”
By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 5 June 2017
Within 24 hours of Saturday’s terror attack at London Bridge, the official narrative presented by British Prime Minister Theresa May has begun to fall apart.
By Robert Stevens, 30 May 2017
Amid revelations that suicide bomber Salmand Abedi was closely monitored by British intelligence, MI5 has launched an investigation into its latest “intelligence failure.”
By our reporters, 23 May 2017
The carnage and terror occurred barely 17 days before Britain votes in the snap June 8 national election.
By Barry Mason, 20 May 2017
The UK government is seeking to implement policies that would, as one commentator put it, “effectively make strong and unbreakable encryption illegal.”
US bombings in Syria and Afghanistan
By Mike Head, 29 April 2017
The ever-greater assertion of US militarism has brought humanity to the point where the rules of war are being nakedly flouted.
By Trevor Johnson, 15 April 2017
The existence of a secretive unit acting illegally within the Metropolitan Police raises fundamental issues of democratic rights that have not been broached by the media.
By Robert Stevens, 28 March 2017
In each terrorist attack in the UK over the last decade and a half it has been soon established that the perpetrators were known to the British state beforehand.
By Chris Marsden, 23 March 2017
The ruling elite in Britain and internationally were quick to make political capital from the appalling event.
By Robert Stevens, 20 March 2017
Speakers at the London demonstration, including Trades Union Congress leader Frances O’Grady, declared token opposition to the treatment of refugees by May and Trump, which commits them to doing absolutely nothing.
By Paul Mitchell, 23 February 2017
The ongoing Undercover Policing Inquiry, chaired by Lord Justice Pitchford, is aimed at whitewashing, not exposing, widespread illegal infiltration of state intelligence agencies into left-wing movements.
By Margot Miller, 22 February 2017
A total of just 350 children will be accepted, meaning another 150 by March when the scheme will close, as 200 are already in the UK.
By Harvey Thompson, 14 February 2017
The appeal is the outcome of a media-orchestrated campaign by right-wing forces, allied with sections of the military, who were never reconciled to Blackman’s jailing.
By Richard Tyler, 11 February 2017
Cox’s brutal murder shocked millions, but her death has been used in the most cynical fashion by the most right-wing forces within the Labour Party.
By Tania Kent, 10 February 2017
Bedfordshire Local Education Authority admitted breaching the rights of two school children to a private and family life, freedom of religion and freedom of expression.
By Robert Stevens, 24 December 2016
The Investigatory Powers Act is a staggering and unprecedented attack on the rights and privacy of every UK citizen.
By John Newham and Robert Stevens, 21 December 2016
The ruling elite’s only response is law and order and the continuation of social policies that increase the prison population.
By Richard Tyler, 6 December 2016
Hunger strikes, attempted suicides and incidents of self-harm are common in the centres.
By Trevor Johnson, 22 November 2016
The new laws are an unprecedented attack on democratic rights, giving the state the power to gather information on millions, and to process, profile and store the results.
By John Newham and Robert Stevens, 9 November 2016
Conditions in prisons in England and Wales have deteriorated rapidly as a result of spending cuts, while inmate numbers—including those held awaiting trial—have surged.
By Jean Shaoul, 17 September 2016
One year after former Prime Minister David Cameron promised to settle 20,000 Syrian refugees by 2020, only 2,800 have arrived in Britain.
By Jean Shaoul, 26 August 2016
Far from calming tensions, the findings have added to the already “toxic atmosphere” inside the Labour Party.
By Dennis Moore, 17 August 2016
Prior to the 43-year-old man’s death, he was attached by his wrists to a two-metre closet chain.
By Paul Mitchell, 15 August 2016
Assange remains fearful that attempts will be made to railroad him to the United States, where a sealed Grand Jury indictment involving espionage charges is awaiting him.
By Paul Mitchell, 9 August 2016
The issue of police spying on the WRP resurfaced when actor Ricky Tomlinson called on Lord Pitchford to overturn his decision to refuse him “core participant” status in the inquiry.
By Robert Stevens, 5 August 2016
The killing on a central London street of a US national is being used to justify a massive build-up of armed police throughout the UK.
By Benjamin Trent and Paul Mitchell, 4 August 2016
More than 1.3 million schoolchildren in England—15 percent of the total—have been identified as needing special educational needs and disabilities support.
By Robert Stevens, 1 August 2016
A major fear of the right wing is that if they carry out a formal split now, ahead of the September result, they could lose any right to be called the “Labour Party” and to secure its assets.
By Dennis Moore, 23 July 2016
Footage shows Mzee Mohammed face down, barefoot and apparently unconscious while appearing to have his hands cuffed behind his back.
By Robert Stevens, 22 July 2016
Leading figures in the plot to depose Corbyn were members of the US British-American Project, which was established during the 1980s with a mission “to perpetuate the close relationship between the United States and Britain.”
By Tom Pearce, 15 July 2016
Since the start of the 2015 academic year, increasing numbers of youth have been questioned over their religion, political affiliation and actions.
By Trevor Johnson, 6 July 2016
The inquest is into the bombings themselves and their victims, rather than the frame-up of six innocent men.
By Robert Stevens, 20 June 2016
The murder of British Labour MP Jo Cox underscores the frenzy of nationalism and xenophobia being whipped up around Thursday’s referendum on EU membership.
By Julie Hyland, 18 June 2016
The murder of Cox has starkly revealed the fascistic character of the forces being whipped up around this week’s referendum on British membership in the EU, particularly by the Leave campaign.
By Trevor Johnson, 15 June 2016
The UK’s security and spying agencies are being rewarded for their criminality with new and almost unlimited powers.
By Robert Stevens, 28 May 2016
The Leave campaign is focusing on whipping up hysteria over immigration.
By Chris Marsden, 26 May 2016
The various military officials and spy chiefs backing either side in the Brexit campaign are all committed to defending British and US imperialism, particularly in the conflict with Russia.
By Josh Varlin, 26 May 2016
The Stockholm Court rejected the conclusion of a United Nations working group that Assange has been arbitrarily detained in violation of international human rights conventions.
By Simon Whelan, 26 May 2016
The fortunes accrued by 120 billionaires account for 60 percent of the wealth of the 1,000 richest people in Britain and Northern Ireland.
By Laura Tiernan, 24 May 2016
The Sheffield meeting was a victory over efforts to silence Assange and close down debate on fundamental issues surrounding the escalation of militarism and war.
By Robert Stevens, 19 May 2016
The government’s legislative programme for the next year includes new powers for the state under the guise of tackling “extremism” and the abolition of the Human Rights Act.
By Thomas Gaist, 6 May 2016
Congress is reviewing statutory changes to a little known “Rule 41” that will allow the FBI and other security agencies to hack and spy on computers and networks anywhere in the world, based on a single, non-specific warrant.
By Robert Stevens, 6 May 2016
During Prime Minister’s Questions in Parliament Wednesday, David Cameron reiterated the charge that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was a supporter of terrorism.
By Robert Stevens, 4 May 2016
As on every other issue of principle, Jeremy Corbyn has surrendered to the right wing in the face of a slanderous attack on the Labour Party’s ranks as a mass of “anti-Semites.”
By Paul Mitchell, 3 May 2016
The verdict that 96 Liverpool Football Club supporters were unlawfully killed in 1989 is a vindication of the campaign waged by their families, friends and supporters to uncover the truth.
By Robert Stevens, 28 April 2016
The verdict in the longest jury case in British legal history vindicates the campaign by the families and supporters of the 96 Liverpool Football Club fans killed 27 years ago.
By Robert Stevens, 28 April 2016
The death of 96 Liverpool football supporters on April 15, 1989 was followed by a 27-year cover-up.
By Barry Mason, 14 March 2016
ISPs will have to keep records of the browsing history of everyone who accesses the Internet for 12 months, with this data freely available to the police and the GCHQ.
By Barry Mason, 25 February 2016
The precedent for grouping prisoners based on shared ideological beliefs is the infamous “H blocks” in the Maze prison in Northern Ireland in the 1980s.
By Trevor Johnson and Chris Marsden, 13 February 2016
The Socialist Party’s response to further revelations of undercover police penetration of its organisation is characterised by light-minded indifference.
UN panel condemns detention of WikiLeaks founder
By Bill Van Auken, 5 February 2016
Despite a ruling that Assange has been subjected to “arbitrary detention,” both the UK and Sweden vow to continue his persecution.
By Jordan Shilton, 2 February 2016
In calling for the creation of a European military force, Blair wrote that the European powers had to be capable of projecting their interests on the global stage.
By Chris Marsden, 22 January 2016
The parliamentary debate on whether to ban Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump from entering the UK took place on the same day that Prime Minister David Cameron launched his own campaign to stir up anti-Muslim sentiment.
By Thomas Scripps, 16 January 2016
The Police and Criminal Evidence Act states that children under 18 in custody should be transferred to the care of the local authority.
By Robert Stevens, 29 December 2015
One witness stated that Jermaine Baker was asleep in a car when he was shot and killed by police in the north London area of Tottenham earlier this month.
By Steve James, 23 December 2015
Every political or campaign organisation whose outlook implies the slightest criticism of the authorities has been spied upon by the police.
By Margot Miller, 17 December 2015
Alistair Darling and Gordon Brown are emulating the unindicted war criminal Tony Blair, now estimated to be worth over £125 million
By Liz Smith and Harvey Thompson, 17 December 2015
Almost three million people in the UK at any one time in 2014 were estimated either to be suffering or at risk from malnutrition
By Trevor Johnson, 15 December 2015
The GCHQ claims the authority to target groups as loosely-defined as “all mobile telephones” in Birmingham, the UK’s second largest city.
An open letter
Socialist Equality Party (UK) demands the Undercover Police Inquiry release the names of all police agents and spies
By Socialist Equality Party, 10 December 2015
Even the small amount of information in the public domain makes clear that undercover officers were involved in and directed criminal activity.
By Julie Hyland, 9 December 2015
In the Orwellian language of the Labour right, any calls for MPs to be held politically accountable for their actions is tantamount to “bullying” and “intimidation.”
By Minnie Watson, 24 November 2015
An independent investigation has revealed that 34 police forces, over the course of three years, accessed the data of 105 journalists and 242 sources.
By Dennis Moore, 21 November 2015
The use of so-called Public Space Protection Orders is on the rise across Britain.
By Robert Stevens, 19 November 2015
Leading Labour officials are seconding Tory and media denunciations of Labour leader Corbyn as a threat to “national security.”
By Jordan Shilton, 17 November 2015
The assassination of Mohammed Emwazi was the third incident in less than three months in which UK forces have been involved in the killing of British citizens.
By Mark Blackwood, 14 November 2015
Amidst revelations of bulk spying on the population, the Cameron government is allocating yet more resources to the vast state surveillance system already in place.
By Robert Stevens, 5 November 2015
Home Secretary Theresa May outlined the bill terminating democratic rights stretching back to the Magna Carta.
By Robert Stevens, 4 November 2015
Shaker Aamer was released October 30 after 5,017 days in detention.
By Gregory McAvoy, 3 November 2015
The new system of fines for petty offenses will ensure that many people from deprived backgrounds will be plunged even deeper into poverty.
By Barry Mason, 22 October 2015
An October 14 decision by the UK's Investigatory Powers Tribunal opens the door for the British intelligence agencies to spy on parliamentarians.
By Robert Stevens, 15 October 2015
The decision to end the police presence outside the Ecuadorean Embassy in no way lessens the threat to the founder of WikiLeaks.
By Robert Stevens, 14 October 2015
Edward Snowden: Spies and the Law was a travesty of journalism that repeated the lies and propaganda of the US military-intelligence complex.
By Chris Marsden, 30 September 2015
Corbyn took pains to praise all his rivals in the Labour leadership contest, including the arch Blairite Liz Kendall.
By Tom Scripps, 17 September 2015
The cancelled production, Homegrown, explores the reasons for three London girls travelling to Syria to join ISIS.
By Chris Marsden, 16 September 2015
Corbyn’s assignation of a progressive role to the trade unions flies in the face of political realities as experienced by almost two generations of workers.
By Robert Stevens, 7 September 2015
The decision by the British Library demonstrates the extent to which the “anti-terrorism” laws are being used to curtail academic and intellectual freedom.
By Tom Pearse, 2 September 2015
Official policy of the Conservative government is focused on whipping up nationalist anti-immigrant sentiment and echoes that long associated with far right-wing forces.
By Minnie Watson, 26 August 2015
Within 45 seconds, Bayoh was incapacitated, restrained in handcuffs, leg and ankle restraints, and was in a “prone position face down.”
By Jean Shaoul, 14 August 2015
A new Immigration Bill will slash the already miserly level of support given to families seeking asylum.
By Dennis Moore, 11 August 2015
The refusal to provide the Manchester protesters with legal aid funding is part of a broader attack on access to justice in the UK.
By Chris Marsden, 23 July 2015
Prime Minister David Cameron’s five year plan to address “extremism” will target Muslims and encourage anti-Islamic sentiment.
By Chris Marsden, 21 July 2015
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon used the parliamentary debate to propagandize for war.
By Julie Hyland, 20 July 2015
The publication of a video showing members of the British royal family, including a young Queen Elizabeth, giving the Hitler salute has ignited a political firestorm in Great Britain.
By Paul Mitchell, 17 July 2015
Conservative business secretary Sajid Javid has presented a new Trade Union Bill to Parliament that represents a massive attack on the working class.
By Joan Smith and Paul Mitchell, 9 July 2015
The most vicious measure is the deportation of 30,000 or more non-European Union workers who fail to earn more than £35,000 per annum after being in Britain for six years.
By our reporters, 22 June 2015
The World Socialist Web Site interviewed anti-austerity demonstrators in London and Glasgow.
By Jordan Shilton, 19 June 2015
The Labour Party demonstrated its readiness to form an alliance with the Cameron government over British European Union membership.
By Chris Marsden, 16 June 2015
Smearing Snowden is aimed at creating a climate of fear to justify state surveillance and repression.
By Jean Shaoul, 22 May 2015
The act is to go the same way as other key elements of international law over which successive governments in the last 15 years have ridden roughshod.
By Jordan Shilton, 21 May 2015
There is no serious opposition within the ruling elite internationally to the abandonment of democratic procedures and implementation of police state measures.
By Jordan Shilton, 18 May 2015
The proposed legislation would give the state the power to require an “extremist” group or individual to submit any written publication to the police before it is printed.