© Copyright 2019 Naked Rambler Organisation. All Rights Reserved. | Front page design from a tutorial in the Byline magazine, Issue 8, 2016 as described by Jeremy Griffin, executive editor of The Times. Disclaimer -
Stephen Gough Loses Euro ASBO Challenge
Naked Ramblers come in all shapes and sizes. We take a leaf out of Instagram’s book
Stephen Gough (left) explains his principle on freedom and naked rambling in an interview with Stephen Slominski for Winchester News Online here
Stephen Gough (left) at home in Eastleigh. Hampshire Chronicle article on him covering up in 2016 to look after his sick mother. See full report here
The European Court of Human Rights, sitting on 12 June 2018 as a committee of international judges, composed of Kristina Pardalos (President), Ksenija Turković and Tim Eickem (Judges) and Renata Degener (Deputy Section Registrar), presided over the fate of the Naked Rambler in his long awaited ASBO appeal, officially listed as ‘Stephen Peter GOUGH against the United Kingdom’. Their decision (as far as we can tell) went unreported in the British press. It was only after several people had been in touch via emails and on social media, asking about Stephen Gough’s current situation and his whereabouts, that we were compelled to investigate the case further and take a closer look at all the details freely available online.
The ASBO application was lodged with the Court on 9 January 2015. Stephen Gough’s appeal took 3 years and 5 months to come before the committee. No wonder then, that this one passed silently under the British newspapers’ radar. Gough was represented before the Court by Mr Mike Schwarz of Bindmans LLP, a lawyer practising in London, who has covered the Naked Rambler’s trials and tribulations on a number of occasions. The United Kingdom Government were represented by their Agent, Ms Amanda Hennedy-
A Press release produced by the European Court of Human Rights Registry on 27 June 2018, announced that they would be notifying in writing, 44 judgements and/or decisions on Thursday 5 July 2018. Three of these decisions were awarded several paragraphs of space outlining the cases placed before the judges. Boyadzhieva & Gloria v. Bulgaria (nos. 412299/09 and 11132/10) was a commercial dispute about pharmaceuticals sold to a company which was then declared insolvent. Medjaouri v. France (no. 45196/15) was an order to deport the applicant to Algeria. Makarová v. United Kingdom (no. 67149/17) described the strange case of a Czech national’s complaint about the lack of effectiveness of criminal proceedings brought against a man who was accused and acquitted of killing her brother in London in 2016. The other 41 cases in a long list, merited just one single line each, giving merely the names of the applicants and defendants and their case numbers. Stephen Gough’s case, Gough v. the United Kingdom (no. 2153/15) sat forlornly at the bottom of the pile. Unseen and unheralded by all, until now.
Briefly, Stephen Gough alleged that the imposition of the ASBO on him breached his Human rights under Article 10 of the Convention. He argued that its only purpose was to circumvent the maximum penalties permitted for public nudity by the Public Order Act and that, as a result, it did not pursue a legitimate aim. He further argued that it was neither necessary nor proportionate since it conferred no further powers on the police to deal with his behaviour and constituted a blanket prohibition on public nudity, removing any police and prosecutorial discretion. And as a consequence of the imposition of the ASBO it was an automatic prosecution and imprisonment indefinitely and in conditions akin to solitary confinement.
The Government argued that Stephen Gough did not raise any new issues of substance compared with the previous Human Rights court case brought by himself in October 2014. A full list of which is available in the old court records found here.
In Paragraphs 50 to 75 in this new court decision located here, the court lays out its reasoning for declaring that the claim of ‘Stephen Gough against the United Kingdom -
Can this really be the end of the road for the Naked Rambler? In Alev Scott’s Sunday Times interview with Stephen Gough after his release from Winchester Prison, the Anglo-
New Look for the Naked Rambler
Welcome to our new Mobile Phone version layout. We had some criticism in a generic spam email, from a US company calling itself ‘Brandenic’, that our; ‘Naked Rambler website design doesn't work properly on Mobile Phones, (which is how people browse the web these days). It doesn't adjust properly when you resize the screen -
Who were they trying to kid? They think the Naked Rambler has competitors? LOL. It was obviously a very poor sales pitch, perhaps even a scam but it got us thinking that perhaps our Naked Rambler website ‘really, really WAS outdated’.
So BARE with us while our old webmaster Steve takes up the challenge to experiment with his new and exciting website layout for mobile phones here on the Home Page.
The Original Naked Rambler Home Page, designed to resemble the front cover of The Sunday Times and more suitable for laptops, is still available Here and in the navigation bar under the ‘Classic’ page title. Published September 11, 2019.
The Naked Rambler, the naked barrister and the naked artist
Isobel Williams draws in the public seats of the UK Supreme Court, with the court’s permission, and records her impressions on her blog page at isobelwilliams.blogspot.com. In 2015 Isobel travelled to Winchester Crown Court on two separate occasions to cover Stephen Gough’s appearances before Judge Keith Cutler CBE, after the Naked Rambler had breached his ASBO conditions that resulted in his subsequent arrest and imprisonment. Unlike the Supreme Court, there are many restrictions on reporting upon events in Crown courtrooms in England and Wales including a ban on sketching. Court artists therefore have to use their memories and Isobel records her frustration in this article, ‘Drawing The Line’. Earlier that year, Isobel had the good fortune to do some life drawings of the Naked Rambler after he was released from prison and she caught up with him in a safe house, somewhere in Winchester. Her story and record of that event can be viewed on her blog, The Naked Rambler and raw Clare.
< "Crowlink is a beautiful place to go for a walk; high up on the South Downs with views over the English Channel and down towards Birling Gap. It’s popular with walkers, and I’d arranged to meet one there. Stephen Gough had been released from Winchester Prison that morning, after serving a year for breaking the conditions of his ASBO. He had been alone in his cell for all but half an hour of each day. Stephen, aka The Naked Rambler, believes it is his human right to be naked, if he so chooses. Which is all the time. Taking pictures of naked people for publication in newspapers is fraught with difficulties; full-
Andrew Hasson -
Free Naked Rambler Art Competition
Art for Art Sake
To celebrate the 7th anniversary of Stephen Gough being released from a Scottish Prison on Friday, October 5th, 2012, we will be running a Free Naked Rambler Art Competition. Send us your portrait paintings of Stephen Gough derived from the numerous Naked Rambler images available on Google image searches.
You can also post your Naked Rambler portrait artwork on social media platforms such as Twitter, Instagram or Facebook and use any or all of the hashtags below:
#portraitpainting #nakedrambler #stephengough #oilpainting #portrait
First Prize -
Entries close October 31st, 2019.
|Church of the Great Bare|