from a post by Giovanni Dall'Orto
The English Court of Appeal ruled this morning that the practice of classifying criticism of transactivism or trans people as 'non-crime hate incidents' infringes the European Convention on Human Rights. (see here)
The case arose after a trans activist complained to the police about several tweets (including a limerick -a foul-mouthed nursery rhyme) that she considered 'transphobic'.
La category of 'non-illegal offences' had been invented by the police to file these cases, and involved the filing of the accused, without a formal trial or opportunity to defend oneself, and in some cases to know what and by whom one had been accused.
One of the people reported and filed, a former policeman, launched a two-year campaign to end this kind of crime. abuse, not provided for or even authorised by any law.
Given the characteristic of the English common law system, in which court judgments have partial force of law, as of today, these practices are formally prohibited.