The Joint Committee on Human Rights scrutinises every Government Bill for its compatibility with human rights, including common law fundamental rights and liberties, the Convention rights protected by the Human Rights Act 1998 and the human rights contained in other international obligations. The Committee actively encourages input from civil society into its legislative scrutiny work.
Send a written submission
The Committee has called for evidence on the human rights implications of the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill. In particular, input is welcome on the following:
- The greater role for local authorities in the Prevent/Channel process.
- The extension of existing terrorism offences. Are they necessary and proportionate? Do any of the provisions in the CTBS cross the line from criminalizing action to criminalizing thought?
- Criminalising the streaming of terrorist material. Is the defence of reasonable excuse adequate for those who might have legitimate need to access such material, such as academics and journalists?
- Are the increases of the maximum sentences justified and proportionate?
- Does the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill raise any significant human rights concerns?
Submissions of no more than 1,500 words are invited from interested groups and individuals on:
- Any significant human rights issues raised or likely to be raised by the Bill identified above; and
- Whether the Bill could do more to enhance the protection of human rights.
Send a written submission to the inquiry on Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill 2018.
The deadline for written submissions is 27 June 2018.