Get drafting! Just 7 days to submit human rights analyses of the Draft Investigatory Powers Bill!

The Joint Committee on Human Rights is accepting submissions on the Draft Investigatory Powers Bill. This committee will be one of only a handful calling for evidence on the new UK surveillance law and importantly the only one whose mandate is focussed on just the the human rights aspects of Government policy.

While the call is open ended, the committe has suggested responses are provided by 7th December 2015 to ensure full consideration.

What are the committee interested in?

This committee's focus is ensuring Government legislation is compatible with ECHR, HRA, Common law, and international law obligations.

They have not put out a more detailed call for evidence on specific issues related to the Draft Investigatory Powers Bill but they will want to know if any significant human rights issues are raised, and whether the Draft Bill could do more to enhance the protection of human rights.

What else do I need to know:

Submissions of no more than 1,500 words are invited, so be concise. It also assists the committee if those submitting evidence adhere to the following guidelines. Each submission should:

  • State clearly who the submission is from, i.e. whether from yourself in a personal capacity or sent on behalf of an organisation, for example the submission could be headed 'Written evidence submitted by xxxxxx'
  • Begin with an executive summary in bullet point form of the main points made in the submission
  • Include a brief introduction about yourself/your organisation and your reason for submitting evidence
  • Have numbered paragraphs
  • Include any factual information you have to offer from which the committee might be able to draw conclusions, or which could be put to other witnesses for their reactions
  • Include any recommendations for action by the Government or others which you would like the committee to consider.

You can submit evidence using their online form.

Other links:

Draft Investigatory Powers Bill.
Joint Committee on Human Rights Legislative scrutiny priorities 2015-16.


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