Demonstrating respect for rights?: follow-up, twenty-second report of session 2008-09, report, together with formal minutes and oral and written evidence
Stationery Office, Jul 28, 2009 - Law - 137 pages
This report, investigating the protests during the G20 summit in London in April, follows the Committee's report about a human rights based approach to policing protest (HL 47-I/HCP 320-I, ISBN 9780104014530). The G20 protests were mostly peaceful in intent but were marred by a death, alleged assaults of protesters by police officers, the use of containment tactics against protesters and alleged refusals of some police officers to reveal their identity. The Committee recommend that: (1) Every police force should have a widely advertised nominated point of contact, to make it easy for the police and protesters to discuss the protest before it takes place; (2) the Government, the Independent Police Complaints Commission and HM Inspectorate of Constabulary should explore using independent negotiators to facilitate dialogue and to resolve disputes between police and protesters; (3) containment can be lawful, but only where it is proportionate and necessary to do so, should take more account of the circumstances of individual, allow people to leave as soon as possible; and toilets, water and medical facilities must be easily accessible to people contained; (4) there should be a legal requirement for police officers to wear identification numbers when on duty; (5) the Metropolitan Police should ensure that any exaggerated and distorted reporting in the media can be countered quickly and authoritativelyThis report also provides an update on protest around Parliament, the use of counter-terrorism powers and civil injunctions, Section 5 of the Public Order Act 1986, protest in quasi-public space and the taking and retention of photographs.
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