20TH OCTOBER

20th October 1988 – Britain ends the right of suspects to remain silent as part of its campaign against the IRA. This affected both their right to remain silent during interrogation by police and also when questioned in court.  As an editorial in the Guardian noted the following day “the right is important because it prevents undue pressure being applied by the police to suspects” but civil rights concerns were overruled in the interest of asserting state power.