The Arrest Handbook: A Guide to your Rights

It’s not uncommon for police to detain activists during a peaceful protest – but what if you’re actually arrested? This free handbook created by the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association covers the basics in plain language. The handbook is also available in Arabic, Spanish and Vietnamese. The pocket version of this handbook is the perfect thing to print off and hand out before a demonstration. Here are some of the topics covered in the handbook:

-         The Police and Arrest

-        Imprisonment Without Charges

-        Talking to Police

-        Citizen or Private Security Arrests

-        Questioning and Investigation

-        Searches

-        Property Rights

-        After Arrest

-        Civil Disobedience

-        Anti-Terrorist Legislation

-        Poverty and Drug Law Issues

-        Police Accountability


Other helpful tools:

Dealing with arrest

Interacting with Police

How to stay safe as a human rights defender

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