Useful sources of information on freedom to protest
The Freedom to Protest initiative
has only been formed to organise a conference. Something bigger
may result from the conference but at the moment we are not able
to provide support for those who are having their rights to protest
infringed. However, there we list below organisations who can share
experience, information and resources.
Activist Legal Resources
Defence Monitoring Group
Grays legal pages
- Campaign Against Criminalising Communities
Coach Action - when 120 anti-war protestors were stopped and
searched by the police and prevented from attending a protest at
RAF Fairford in March 2003, they decided to take action in the courts.
Action for Women - a legal service for women based at the Crossroads
Women's Centres in London
- human rights and civil liberties organisation working on a whole
number of issues including the right to protest
Support Campaign - the ultimate example of defending free speech
Square Peace Campaign and Brian Haw Supporters - for some analysis
of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act and the new restrictions
around protesting anywhere near Parliament.
- weekly newsletter from Justice - Brighton's Direct Action Collective
- monitoring the state and civil liberties in the European Union
See the various legal sites above for suggestions.
Some recommended solicitors are listed at the Fairford
Coach Action website. It is best to ask around to find out which
solicitors are most successful and familiar with your type of case.