People's Assemblies Network

London General Assembly Statement on Police Abuse of Power

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Where we stand

The women who are bringing this case, and Occupy London, believe that:

where we standThere are no circumstances in which it would be acceptable for an undercover police officer to engage in intimate relationships with either targets or members of the public under the guise of their undercover identity.

The fact that this has taken place repeatedly, despite being morally wrong and unjustifiable, shows that within the police forces in the UK there exists:

  • institutional sexism – women have been used to shore up undercover identities, without regard for those women’s right to a private life (whilst men have been affected, evidence so far shows that it is primarily women’s lives that have been abused in this way).
  • institutional prejudice against members of the public who engage in social justice and environmental campaigning, including a disregard for their human rights.

Both these forms of institutional prejudice must be challenged and stopped; each has reinforced the other.

We call for:

    • clear and unambiguous statement that the abuse has ceased, and will never, in any circumstances, be permitted.
    • the past to be thoroughly and openly investigated, so that the damage may be acknowledged, those responsible may be held to account, and that as a society we may come to terms with what has happened, heal the wounds that have been inflicted and be confident that the practice has ceased.
    • action and change to prevent these human rights abuses from ever happening again, including stronger support for whistle-blowers and greater protection for rights of association and expression.

Until these things happen, we have no reason to believe that these abhorrent abuses have stopped, or that the police acknowledge their actions are wrong, and that they must change.

We come from different backgrounds and have a range of political beliefs and interests, and we are united in believing that every woman, and every person, has a right to participate in the struggle for social and environmental justice, without fear of persecution, objectification, or interference in their lives. We welcome allies who wish to engage with the above issues in this spirit of democratic empowerment.

The eight women bringing this legal action are doing so to highlight and prevent the continuation of psychological, emotional and sexual abuse of campaigners and others by undercover police officers. 

We stand in solidarity. 

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2 Comments

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  2. This was an appaling abuse of power, enough to make the victims never able to trust anyone ever again – retroactive torture I call it, initiated by the Met. Thopse men should be serving long prison sentences, both practitioners of this as well as their handlers. Truely shocking. I sincerely hope their victims are able to recover from this appaling abuse of their human rights and will learn to trust other humans in time to come.

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