October 15, 2020Impunity Northern Ireland Human Rights Act Accountability and Access to Justice
Rights and Security International has submitted written evidence to the Joint Committee on Human Rights in response to its call for evidence on the 30 September 2020 on the Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill, which was introduced into the House of Commons on the 24 September 2020 and is scheduled to complete passage by the 15th October. The Bill in question 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 authorise their agents and informants (“Covert Human Intelligence Sources” “CHIS”) to commit criminal offences.
The submitted briefing was produced jointly alongside Reprieve, the Pat Finucane Centre, Privacy International, and the Committee on the Administration of Justice. 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, we are concerned that:
For more information, please download the brief underneath.
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