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Activist Legal Support Resources – downloadable PDF guides and template arrest watch forms including Short Guides to Legal rights in Victoria from

Activist Legal Support Manual (PDF 533kB) – A comprehensive set of guides and resources for activist legal suport – from the Fitzroy Legal Service

Melbourne Activist Legal Support Legal Observers’ Handbook (PDF 625kB) A must have training resource for anyone undertaking Legal or Human rights Observing in Australia.

Who’s Who in Victoria Police?  A short handy guide to the various units, uniforms, ranks in Victoria Police

Legal Handbook for the Coal and Gas Movement (2015) PDF. A comprehensive publication intended to empower and inform anyone froScreen Shot 2016-06-09 at 3.33.53 pmm farmers to city based activists on their rights, It explains the law in an easy-to-read format in relation to protesting coal and unconventional gas developments. Published by Environmental Justice Australia and CounterAct

Police Accountability Project. Resources, information, contacts and links re making a police complaint, policing and police accountability, by the Flemington Kensington Community Legal Centre.

screen-shot-2017-01-08-at-10-01-38-amOccupy Policing: A Report into the Effects and Legality of the Eviction of Occupy Melbourne from City Square on 21 October 2011 (PDF) documents the stories of people who took part in the Occupy Melbourne protests and their experiences of policing. The Report was published by the Occupy Melbourne Legal Support Team (‘OMLST’), The Occupy Melbourne Legal Support Team eventually reformed into Melbourne Activist Legal Support (MALS).

screen-shot-2016-12-28-at-3-15-38-pmHuman Rights Observer Report on the G20 Protests In Melbourne 2006 (PDF 27kB) by Pt’chang and the Federation of Community Legal Centres Victoria

Legal Observer Report, No-WTO Protests November 2002, Sydney, (PDF),run by the UTS Community Law and Legal Research Centre

screen-shot-2016-12-28-at-3-28-40-pmNational Lawyers Guild Legal Observer Training Manual (PDF 78kB) – USA

Legal Observers NETPOL website – UK Network for Police Monitoring

International Human Rights Standards for Law Enforcement (PDF 96kB) – United Nations Centre for Human Rights

screen-shot-2016-12-28-at-3-18-34-pmPunishing Protest: Government Tactics that Suppress Free Speech (PDF) – National Lawyers Guild USA


screen-shot-2017-01-03-at-5-30-03-pmProtection Manuals on the protection of human rights defenders (in multiple languages) as well as publications on Best Practices and Guides from Protection International


CopWatch New York City:   Cop Watch NYC exists to help New Yorkers document and expose unprofessional police behavior and hold the police accountable. The site can be used as a resource for individuals, organisations and teams of community members who are looking for training and support to help them safely conduct Cop Watch in their communities.

screen-shot-2017-01-05-at-7-51-25-pmThe Right to Dissent (PDF). This useful guide by Lawyers Rights Watch Canada explains the international legal standards and underlying principles and interpretations of the standards that comprise the international legal framework for the right to dissent and protest.




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