Posted 13th July 2022
Despite widespread opposition including from civil society, peers, MPs and the police themselves, the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill was voted into legislation yesterday, with many of the government’s provisions to restrict peaceful protest in tact. A date for Royal Assent is yet to be set.
NIROMP and many other organisations who believe in the importance of upholding human rights – especially in the context of an increasingly hostile environment, are concerned that the Bill gives police powers to restrict protests on the very grounds necessary to make peaceful protest effective: being disruptive and noisy.
More information: The Police Bill becomes legislation