October 01, 2020Pat Finucane Impunity Northern Ireland Human Rights Act Accountability and Access to Justice
On the 5th October 2020, members of the House of Commons will meet to discuss the Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill 2020 for a second reading. The Bill would amend Part II of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA) to create a new process of ‘Criminal Conduct Authorisations’. The authorisations would constitute an express power for MI5, police forces and a range of other public authorities to authorize their agents and informants (“Covert Human Intelligence Sources” “CHIS”) to commit criminal offences.
Ahead of the reading, RSI produced a briefing for MPs jointly alongside Reprieve, the Pat Finucane Centre, Privacy International, and the Committee on the Administration of Justice. The brief outlined the following concerns with the Bill.
Key issues with the Bill
The Bill represents a belated recognition that regulating the permitted conduct of CHIS must be set up by a formal legislative footing. Whilst we, therefore, welcome legislation in this area we have serious concerns about the content of the present Bill, in particular:
To read more of our briefing to MPs, please download the PDF document underneath.
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