On Human Rights Day 2013, we (a group of current and former Human Rights students from UCL) are writing to the University of London, asking the Vice Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer to consider the impact of the recent protest ban on the democratic rights of its students.
The democratic rights to ‘freedom of expression’ and ‘freedom of assembly and association’ are enshrined in Articles 10 and 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
In the light of recent protests at the University of London, where student protestors were calling for the labour rights of university cleaners and an end to the commercialisation of educational establishments, we believe a ban on occupational protests is disproportionate.
We do not believe that universities are solely the property of their management. Without students, lecturers and support staff, there would be no university.
Anyone who would like to sign the letter in solidarity with us is welcome to add their name via the comment feature at the bottom of this page.
Further information on the protest ban: