The right to protest considering the Police, Crime, Sentencing, and Courts Act 2022

The right to protest considering the Police, Crime, Sentencing, and Courts Act 2022
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In this video, we will be looking specifically at the Police, Crime, Sentencing, and Courts Act 2022. The Act is considered critical, and the government introducing the Act stated that it is a "sensible package of measures" that will take "tough action" against domestic violence.

However, the Act has also drawn certain criticism due to the potential restrictions on Human Rights, on the issue of Protests or Article 10 (freedom of expression) and Article 11 (freedom of assembly and association) of the European Convention on Human Rights, which has been considered rather controversial, and ironically, there have already been many protests about this Act as it passed parliament.

The government, through this Act, has given the police a wider range of powers to manage public protests in a way that, in the words of the explanatory notes, would counter protestors’ recently changed tactics. Of course, it has been backed by Home Office minister Victoria Atkins said she "absolutely" supported the "right to peaceful protest". But did highlight a distinction between the peaceful vigils and some of the very, very disruptive protests that we've seen in the last few years."

Whilst opposition campaigners including the CEO of Amnesty International UK Sacha Deshmukh said: "a hugely worrying and widespread attack on human rights from across Government which will not only see basic rights reduced across the board, but will also strip people of the means to challenge or contest their treatment." With NGO Greenpeace describing it as “one of the most oppressive pieces of legislation tabled by the UK government since the Second World War".

This video will explore the Act in full, whilst paying consideration specifically to Part 3 of the Act and the potential danger to the right to protest.

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Learning objectives:

  • Basic understanding of the Act
  • Consideration of Human Rights
  • The potential impacts of the Act and Articles 10 and 11 of the ECHR.

Shane Robson

Academic Support Officer • Law Training Centre

Shane is the Academic Support Officer at Law Training centre and a university lecturer based in the West Midlands. He has a First class degree in Law and Practice and a Masters degree in International Law. He teaches students from foundation level to Degree level and also teaches on the CILEx professional law courses.

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