Democratic Rights in Britain
By Robert Stevens, 10 July 2013
The Privacy International charity is taking legal action against the UK government’s spying network as whistleblower Edward Snowden gives further details about its vast scope.
By Barry Mason and Robert Stevens, 28 June 2013
A series of revelations has exposed a massive British police spying network, in which individuals and groups opposing police harassment, brutality and corruption were systematically monitored.
By Eric London, 22 June 2013
Whistleblower Edward Snowden has revealed that the UK and US intelligence agencies record the content of phone calls, email messages, Facebook posts and browser histories of tens of millions of people.
By Paul Stuart, 22 June 2013
London’s Metropolitan Police utilised the recent G8 summit in Northern Ireland to step up its demands for water cannon to be used against protests.
By Robert Stevens, 21 June 2013
The British government has issued a “private and confidential” request to UK media that it censor information relating to documents leaked by Edward Snowden.
By Chris Marsden, 1 June 2013
The killing of soldier Lee Rigby in Woolwich, London has lifted a corner of the veil of lies, intrigue and criminality surrounding British foreign policy.
By Julie Hyland, 29 May 2013
Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale, the killers of Drummer Lee Rigby, were under surveillance for years.
By Chris Marsden and Julie Hyland, 27 May 2013
The decision to arrest Abu Nusaybah at BBC headquarters suggests that Britain’s MI5 and Special Branch know a great deal more than they have admitted about the killers of Lee Rigby.
By Chris Marsden, 24 April 2013
On April 17 and 18, anti-terrorist units of numerous European Union member states participated in an operation involving simulated terrorist attacks in nine different countries.
By Thomas Scripps, 17 April 2013
The National Union of Students has launched a phoney campaign to “Bring Back” the Educational Maintenance Allowance, after previously sabotaging the opposition to its abolition.
By Paul Mitchell, 1 April 2013
UK Prime Minister David Cameron calls for the denial of welfare rights to migrant workers and immigrants.
By Julie Hyland, 22 March 2013
The Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat parties have agreed to establish a press regulatory body by Royal Charter that overturns 300 years of press freedom.
By Joan Smith, 16 March 2013
Alfie Meadows, who was brutally beaten by police during the anti-tuition fees protests in 2010, was cleared of violent disorder.
By Jean Shaoul, 9 March 2013
The Justice and Security Bill marks a major departure in principles of English law—that cases are held and decided in public and the evidence presented by the other party is disclosed.
By Paul Bond, 20 February 2013
The passage through the House of Commons of British Prime Minister David Cameron’s Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Bill is being depicted as a democratic triumph. It is no such thing.
By Paul Bond, 28 December 2012
Three months after Andrew Mitchell MP resigned over allegations that he had abused police officers, it is clear that much of the evidence against him was fabricated.
By Jean Shaoul, 10 November 2012
The British government has stripped Mahdi Hashi, a 23-year-old British national who also held Somali nationality, of his UK citizenship.
By Simon Whelan, 9 November 2012
Accused hacker Gary McKinnon’s extradition to the United States was halted on the grounds of his fragile mental health and a high suicide risk.
By our reporters, 20 October 2012
The official Greater Manchester Police justification for the killing of unarmed Anthony Grainger, that he was part of a group conspiring to commit robbery, has been thrown out of court.
By Robert Stevens, 4 October 2012
The killing of two female police officers in Manchester, England has occasioned a frenzied government, police and media-led campaign aimed at handing the police even greater powers.
By Sally Smith, 24 September 2012
An internal hearing sacked a police officer for “misconduct” for his attack of a newspaper vendor during the 2009 G20 protest, but refused to rule on whether his death resulted from the attack.
By Robert Stevens, 4 September 2012
The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has prepared the way for the deportation from Britain of up to 2,600 foreign students at London Metropolitan University (LMU).
By Daniel O’Flynn and Rick Wilson, 20 August 2012
Two thousand protesters massed outside the Ecuadorean embassy in support of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
By Trevor Johnson, 9 August 2012
Sean Rigg was a fit and healthy 40-year old, a successful musician and producer who suffered from bouts of paranoid schizophrenia.
By Simon Whelan, 8 August 2012
The internal West Midlands police professional standards investigation into the Rizwaan Sabir affair, following complaints by Dr. Rod Thornton over the police’s handling of the case, is finally complete.
By Aidan Claire and Katie Owen, 7 July 2012
A 48-year-old man set himself on fire outside a Birmingham Jobcentre to protest not receiving his benefit payment.
By Paul Mitchell, 27 June 2012
Labour Party leader Ed Miliband is playing the anti-immigrant card, promising new measures to prevent British people being “locked out” of jobs by foreign workers.
By our reporters, 23 June 2012
A rally to bring attention to the death of Anthony Grainger at the hands of the police was held in Manchester June 17.
By Robert Stevens, 15 May 2012
Tenants in east London are being evicted from their homes in the run-up to the London Olympics Games, to be held July 27–August 12.
By Richard Tyler, 9 May 2012
Billions of pounds are being provided to the police, military and intelligence agencies to fund a mobilisation of state forces on a scale never seen in London in peacetime.
By our reporters, 20 April 2012
Anthony Paul Grainger, 36, an unarmed man, was shot and killed by police on March 3 in the small Cheshire village of Culcheth. The WSWS spoke to his partner Gail Hadfield Grainger and a friend about the campaign to uncover the truth about his killing.
By Paul Bond, 14 April 2012
London’s Metropolitan Police Service is at the centre of a growing storm about police racism. Eight officers and one civilian member of staff have been suspended, as 10 reported incidents have been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission for investigation.
By Julie Hyland, 12 April 2012
The decision by the European Court of Human Rights that five men detained on terror-related charges can be extradited to the United States marks a major assault on democratic rights.
By Paul Bond, 11 April 2012
Britain’s Conservative-Liberal Democrat government has announced plans to extend wider state surveillance across e-mail, telephone and social media communications.
By Harvey Thompson and Mark Blackwood, 26 March 2012
Azhar Ahmed, a19-year-old from Ravensthorpe, England, was arrested last week by West Yorkshire Police and charged with a “racially aggravated public order offence”.
“The attacks on us are extraordinarily revealing”
By Richard Phillips, 16 March 2012
Julian Assange discusses his British court appeal against extradition to Sweden and the ongoing attacks on WikiLeaks, freedom of the press and other basic rights.
By Julie Hyland, 15 March 2012
Britain’s Home Secretary Theresa May has approved the extradition to the United States of 23-year-old Richard O’Dwyer on charges of copyright infringement.
By Trevor Johnson, 10 March 2012
Police shot and killed Anthony Grainger with a bullet to the heart on March 3.
By Julie Hyland, 8 March 2012
Britain’s Independent newspaper has detailed previously suppressed allegations of corruption by police involved in the investigation into the racist murder of Stephen Lawrence.
By Julie Hyland, 11 February 2012
The British government is continuing its efforts to deport Muslim cleric Abu Qatada to Jordan.
By Paul Stuart, 1 February 2012
The Royal United Services Institute, in partnership with the Home Office, held a conference on security for the upcoming Olympic Games in London.
By Julie Hyland, 7 January 2012
Gary Dobson and David Norris were sentenced this week for the 1993 racist killing of 18-year-old Stephen Lawrence.
By Athiyan Silva, 3 January 2012
British authorities deported 55 Sri Lankan refugees back to Sri Lanka, disregarding their safety and warnings by human rights groups.
By Trevor Johnson, 13 December 2011
An entire family, including a young baby and an eight-year-old child, face being thrown out of their family home in Manchester, England under anti-democratic legislation.
By Paul Stuart, 7 December 2011
Preparations for the 2012 Olympics in London are being approached based on the calculation that Britain is a country on the edge of mass social conflict.
By Richard Phillips, 26 November 2011
Christine Assange discusses the US-led frame-up campaign against WikiLeaks and her son Julian, the role of the Gillard Labor government, and the political implications for basic democratic rights.
By Chris Marsden, 12 November 2011
The scale of the police operation mounted Wednesday against a relatively small and entirely peaceful protest against UK education cuts shows that the ruling elite is no longer prepared to tolerate any form of political and social opposition.
By Robert Stevens, 11 November 2011
The policing of Wednesday’s students protest in London was unprecedented in its repressive character.
”Our future shouldn’t be determined by a few rich people”
By our reporters, 11 November 2011
A reporting team from the World Socialist Web Site spoke to some of those participating in Wednesday’s student protest in London
By Paul Bond, 31 October 2011
A protest by the United Families and Friends Campaign against deaths in police custody was held in London on Saturday.
By our reporter, 20 October 2011
The initial meeting of the Citizens Inquiry into August’s Tottenham riots took place last Saturday. The area erupted after Mark Duggan, a 29-year-old father of four, was fatally shot by police on August 4.
By Julie Hyland, 18 October 2011
Britain’s new police powers include the ability to declare specific places “no go areas”, with a police superintendent empowered to instruct people to leave “to prevent or address serious disorder.”
By Julie Hyland, 24 September 2011
UK television broadcasters—the BBC, ITN and Sky News—are in the process of handing over hundreds of hours of untransmitted video footage from the riots in London in August to the Metropolitan Police.
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.