On March 12-14the quiet English town of Farnborough will play host to the Security & Policing conference and exhibition. This event will bring together some of the world's largest arms companies with some of the worst human rights abusers.
Scrubbing away the white-wash of
'less lethal' riot control reveals a history littered with humanitarian
disasters, weaponisation, inadequate testing, and corporate profiteering. What
does a 'public consultation' on water cannon mean when this history is hidden?
Film: An organiser for transgender rights from The Humsafar Trust discusses insecurity and everyday experiences of
policing for LGBTQ people in Mumbai. Part of the Whose Police? collection of interviews with citizens, analysts and activists around
the world exploring the question: where does security come from? This video is in Hindi and English.
openSecurity was inspired by a 2005 conference in
Madrid on the anniversary of the Atocha station bombings, marked by consensus
that 'counter-terrorism' measures had to be consistent with human rights and
the rule of law. The UK was hardly represented at the event—and its performance
since resembles a state whose human-rights record is ill-starred: Turkey.
Cambodian garment workers make around $80 a month, taking on long hours of overtime in harsh conditions. Now workers across the country are standing up for themselves to demand more—but the fight for a better wage in Cambodia is a dangerous one. At least four garment workers were killed this month during a crackdown on protesters demanding a decent wage from the government and international clothing companies. This video shows the workers who are standing up—and the violence consistently employed to keep them quiet.
Metropolitan Police officers assaulted two protesters, then claimed they had been attacked. Video footage exposed their lie. One of the victims, this week awarded a £20,000 settlement, writes about police brutality
Allegations of police
spying on anti-racism groups shed new light on the meaning and operation of 'institutional
racism'. Here, Adam Elliott-Cooper reflects on the Stephen Lawrence Campaign
and the MacPherson Report.
exclusive focus on the NSA obscures the degree to which surveillance has become
integrated into almost every level of government. For most of us, the first
point of contact with the surveillance state isn’t the NSA – it’s the local
Struggling for the right to decent housing and against the criminalisation of
poverty, South African shack dwellers movement Abahlali
baseMjondolo face severe police repression. Here S'bu
Zikode outlines the lethal consequences of police militarisation and the ANC's
political capture of the police.
The purview of the US criminal justice system appears to be widening: from school child 'bad behaviour' to a
tenant's rent arrears. Chase Madar tracks the increasing involvement of police in
year the UK police are disproportionately stopping and searching large numbers of
Black and Asian people for drug possession, amounting to mass police interference
in everyday life. Is an answer decriminalising drug possession?
For adivasis in the central Indian state of
Madhya Pradesh, economic exploitation and social degradation go hand in hand. This
interview with Madhuri Krishnaswamy of JADS, an adivasi organisation, reveals
routine police protection of entrenched power hierarchies – and the political
confidence found to fight back.
Under Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelley stop-and-frisk
has been a racist technology of control wielded by an unchecked police force. With large-scale popular mobilisations against police racism and violence, and de Blasio set to take over as mayor of New York City, reform of
stop-and-frisk seems in sight. But is such a practice reformable?
What does it mean to declare a 'war on crime' in one of the most unequal societies in the world? And how does contemporary police violence in South Africa serve to maintain the status quo of spatial and economic fragmentation?
Film: Experience of policing the community you have grown up in holds real challenges for an ex-Special Police Constable. Part of the Whose Police? collection of interviews with citizens, analysts and activists around the world exploring the question: where does security come from?
Film: In this interview, direct experience of London's Metropolitan Police has led to a focus on non-compliance as a fundamental response. Part of the Whose Police? collection of interviews with citizens, analysts and activists around the world exploring the question: where does security come from?
Recent revelations have exposed the routine
embedding of undercover police officers within environmental and social justice
campaigns. But piecing together the public evidence on undercover police tactics
brings as many questions as answers.
827 people have died during or following police contact since 2004. Families have struggled
hard for justice, encountering multiple failures and police collusion from the
IPCC. Why is police accountability failing in this most serious of issues?
From overt, intrusive surveillance to 'network demolition':
disruption is central to the strategies of intelligence-led policing. Deployed within
the policing of protest, it poses a grave threat to the exercise of dissent.
The export of policing is a global growth
industry in which the UK plays a major role. Recent years have seen the proliferation
of private security company involvement in international policing, often staffed
by former UK police officers.