Evidence to Joint Committee on Human Rights on the Police, Crime, Courts & Sentencing Bill

Evidence to Joint Committee on Human Rights on the Police, Crime, Courts and Sentencing Bill Please see our answers below each of the Committee’s questions in its Terms of Reference, which are in italics Does the power to extract information from electronic devices set out in Chapter 3 of Part 2 of the Bill comply …

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ACTION ALERT: Oppose the “New Immigration” Plan

The government’s New Immigration Plan introduces a two-tier system so that anyone entering the UK by a so-called illegal route will no longer be entitled to full refugee status. Instead, you will only get “temporary protection status” lasting no longer than 30 months. You will have limited access to benefits and family reunion, and could …

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KillTheBill – 1 May

The Police Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill is a major threat to all justice movements. The police don’t use the powers they have to properly investigate rape, domestic violence, racist attacks, and other violence we report. Worse, they abuse their powers: women police officers have joined the public outpouring on sexual abuse by male colleagues. …

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Hundreds of rape victims still being denied compensation over past offences

Hundreds of rape victims still being denied compensation over past offences Campaigners say victims are being unfairly denied compensation because of unspent criminal convictions Campaigners are demanding an end to the ‘scandal’ of women being denied Government compensation for sexual offences because of relatively minor past offences. One woman, who was repeatedly raped by two …

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H&H OPINION: Police Bill: 5 years for rape, 10 for damaging a slaver statue

OPINION Police Bill: 5 years for rape, 10 for damaging a slaver statue Lisa Longstaff, Women Against Rape Women Against Rape, protesting in Parliament Square – Credit: Women Against Rape The strength of feeling provoked by Sarah Everard’s murder and the police response to women paying their respects remind us of the fury at the police killing of …

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Unpublished Guardian letter

Letter to the Guardian (unpublished) 16 February 2021 To: guardian.letters@theguardian.com Dear Editor, Sarah Crew, police lead for rape in England and Wales, blames the “decriminalisation” of rape on the “huge progress and expertise . . . lost when specialist teams investigating rape were disbanded during years of austerity.” (Guardian 15 Feb) Anticipating disaster, we asked …

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End the Expansion of Yarl’s Wood Detention Centre

NO Expansion of Yarl’s Wood Detention Centre “We’re in the middle of a pandemic. Deaths are rising in detention centres, prisons & overcrowded hostels which were dangerous places even before COVID – they should be closed not expanded.  Everyone should be housed safely regardless of immigration status and all deportations suspended for the public good.” …

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Living under “lockdown” – Gloria, All African Women’s Group

Living under “lockdown” – Gloria, All African Women’s Group When did you come to the UK? I’ve been in the UK since 2002.  I was forced to leave [Uganda] because I feared for my life.  I was married to an extremely violent, controlling and powerful man who was able to abuse me and get away …

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