Published 02 Jun 2018
From Friday 1st June 2018, Police Spies Out of Lives and Lush will be hosting a national campaign to raise awareness of the ongoing undercover policing scandal, where officers have infiltrated the lives, homes and beds of activists.
Hosted in Lush UK shops, social channels and on uk.lush.com, the campaign will support the already active #SpyCops conversation and aims to highlight the current lack of progress of the Undercover Policing Inquiry and the granting of anonymity to key police witnesses.
For the duration of campaign, Lush staff will be asking customers to add their support by signing a postcard to the new Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, urging him to,
INSTRUCT a panel of experts to assist the Chair
EXTEND the inquiry to include Scotland
DISCLOSE the cover names of the officers, the names of the groups they spied on, and RELEASE the personal files of the victims.
Secret undercover policing units have been functioning in the UK since 1968. Their roles were to infiltrate political groups and collect 'intelligence' about planned demonstrations and the individuals involved. There is evidence that these units are still running.
"When Theresa May launched this public inquiry we all hoped that the truth about this scandal would finally be exposed and that the disgraceful police tactics would be examined. Instead, the public inquiry Chair is making the inquiry more secretive and is granting the police anonymity in secret hearings. It is time the Home Secretary listened to the victims and appointed a diverse panel to hear the full evidence."
“We are delighted that Lush are supporting us with this national campaign which will help to raise awareness of our story. As victims of abusive undercover policing we are dismayed by the current situation with the inquiry. So far, £10.5 million of public money has been spent on what seems like a vastly expensive cover up. We have lost years of our lives due to the harm caused by these undercover police officers. We want to know which groups were spied on, the names of the officers who infiltrated our lives and we want to access those secret files which are held on us. There can be no healing without truth.”
"Confidence in the police will never be restored until this public inquiry does its job”.
To sign the online petition, please click here
To keep an eye on all the campaign action follow #SpyCops from 1st June 2018.
Lush articles relating to this campaign can be found below:
Podcast with Jenny Jones, Green Party member of the House of Lords and Carolyn, who was spied upon by undercover police:
Podcasts of the victims' stories:
Jessica's Story: http://player.lush.com/channels/soapbox/radio/jessicas-story-spycops
Notes to Editors
About Police Spies Out of Lives
Police Spies Out of Lives (PSOOL) is a campaigning support group working to achieve an end to the sexual and psychological abuse of campaigners and others by undercover police officers. We support the people affected by the issues to expose the immoral and unjustified practice of undercover relationships, and the institutional prejudices which have led to the abuse.
Together, we are calling for an unequivocal end to the practice, a full inquiry into the past and changes to prevent it ever happening again.
Lush is a manufacturer and retailer of fresh handmade cosmetics with over 930 shops in 49 countries. Lush campaigns for many issues across the spectrums of human rights, animal protection and environmental preservation.
For further information or interview requests, please contact:
Lush Press Office: email@example.com / 020 7434 3948
Police Spies Out of Lives: firstname.lastname@example.org / 0759 869 7591
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