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Convicted for peaceful protest

The 'Stansted 15' are a group of human rights defenders who surrounded a plane at Stansted Airport in March 2017 to stop what they believed was the unlawful deportation of 60 people on a charter flight to Ghana and Nigeria.

At first, the Stansted 15 were charged with aggravated trespass, but four months later this was changed to ‘endangering safety at aerodromes’ – a serious terrorism-related charge. A court has found them guilty and they could potentially face lengthy prison sentences.

We are concerned that they may have been charged with this very serious offence that is not justified by their actions to discourage other activists from taking non-violent direct action in defence of human rights. If so, this would be an unacceptable restriction on the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.

Criminal laws are being increasingly misused around the world to prevent the work of human rights defenders. It is extremely worrying that we are now seeing this happen in the UK.

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