In the UK, the scope of the right to public protest has come under renewed attention recently. The Bingham Centre will be scrutinising the controversial Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill , when its provisions are debated in Parliament.
Currently, the scope for protest is further restricted by Coronavirus lockdown regulations, although the full extent of these restrictions has not always been clear. This week, we published a report, Protests During Lockdown (England): A Rule of Law Analysis, which considers UK court decisions on protest during lockdown, and the vigils and protests about violence against women following the disappearance of Sarah Everard. The report ends by considering how far the right to protest will be protected by the new lockdown regulations, which are due to come into force on 29th March 2021.
Read more in our Weekly Update which also includes our recently held All Party Parliamentary Group on the Rule of Law and launch of policy briefing by the Modern Slavery and Human Rights Policy and Evidence Centre.