BREAKING: Vaccine passes to be mandatory!

19 July 2021 — Big Brother Watch


The Prime Minister has just announced that vaccine passports are to be mandatory from September for nightclubs and large events.

This means that not only will the NHS Covid Pass be mandatory – but tests will no longer be an option on them. Only the vaccinated will be admitted entry to events.

This is dangerously coercive, counter-productive and wrong. 

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Statewatch: Call for expressions of interest

19 July 2021 — Statewatch

State databases, biometrics, policing and migration control

As part of our ongoing work on the development and deployment of biometric technologies for policing and migration control, we are organising two workshops in October this year.

These training and collaborative learning sessions will involve:

  • Teaching about EU databases and information policy in the field of policing and migration;
  • Learning from others working on similar and related topics; and
  • Discussion of relevant issues with peers in the field.

To find out more and to express your interest in attending, please see our call, available in:

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Resisting new police powers – what next for #KillTheBill campaigners?

15 July, 2021 — NetPol

Kill The Bill placardsPHOTO: Loredana Sangiuliano

In the end, every member of the governing party in the House of Commons voted for the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill in its entirety.

Perhaps surprisingly, this included the Conservative MPs who sit on the Joint Committee on Human Rights, which only a week before had been severely critical of the parts of the bill affecting the right to protest. It included the one Tory who had been part of an all-party inquiry on the Clapham Common vigil and Bristol protests, which had called for the scrapping of this section of the bill completely.

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13 July 2021 — Save Our Rights UK

Today the Government have snuck a Statutory Instrument onto the program of the day that would mandate vaccines for all care home workers. This would include not only the staff looking after the residents but also all cooks, cleaners, handy men and so on. This would result in thousands of people being forced to have the vaccine and hand over their private medical information to their employers.

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BID’s response to the Nationality and Borders Bill

7 July 2021 — BID (Bail for Immigration Detainees)

We raise the alarm about areas of the bill that pose a particular threat to our clients

As our team digest the Nationality and Borders Bill and its dire implications for human rights we join many others in expressing our extreme dismay at the proposition of such a cruel and unworkable immigration bill.

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Assange Extradition: British High Court Grants US A Limited Appeal

7 July 2021 — The Dissenter


Royal Courts of Justice in London, which houses the High Court of Justice (Photo: Joe Passe)

The High Court of Justice in the United Kingdom agreed to hear the United States government’s appeal in the extradition case against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange but on limited grounds.

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Proposal for ‘Code for the Policing of Protest’ is Netpol’s Charter in all but name

1 July 2021 — NetPol

BLM-ProtestProtester at a Black Lives Matter protest in London in 2020. Photo: Shutterstock

An Inquiry report published today by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Democracy and the Constitution has endorsed the demand – by local and national organisations and tens of thousands of members of the public who have supported Netpol’s Charter for Freedom of Assembly Rights – for clear guidelines on the way protests are policing.

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A ‘duty of candour’ must extend to the policing of protests

30 June 2021 — Netpol

Photo Credit © William Bowles

Last week’s condemnation of proposed government restrictions on protests in the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill as “oppressive and wrong” by the Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) has somewhat overshadowed its call for greater openness and transparency over the way the police impose restrictions on protests.

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FBI Fabrication Against Assange Falls Apart

29 June 2021 — Craig Murray

Craig Murray

On the final day of the Assange extradition hearing, magistrate Vanessa Baraitser refused to accept an affidavit from Assange’s solicitor Gareth Peirce, on the grounds it was out of time. The affidavit explained that the defence had been unable to respond to the new accusations in the United States government’s second superseding indictment, because these wholly new matters had been sprung on them just six weeks before the hearing resumed on 8 September 2020.

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i News – Gov’t accused of introducing national ID cards via ‘backdoor’ after Covid Pass contract

28 June 2021 — Big Brother Watch

Big Brother Watch Team / June 21, 2021

The Government has been accused of introducing national ID cards via ‘backdoor’ after a company that was awarded a Covid pass contract bragged about ‘redeploying’ them into a national ID programme.

The IT firm, Entrust was awarded the contract last month for work on the Government’s Covid Pass system.

Jake Hurfurt, head of research at civil liberties group Big Brother Watch told i that “Covid certificates would introduce ID cards in the UK by the backdoor.

“The fact that the government has done a deal with Entrust, a company which is openly plotting a route from vaccine passports to digital identity cards, only underlines what a serious threat Covid passes would be to our civil liberties and our privacy,”

i News – Government accused of ushering in national ID cards ‘by the backdoor’ after Covid vaccine passport contract.