Women’s Aid statement on Covert Intelligence Sources Bill

Wednesday 7th October 2020

Nicki Norman, acting chief executive of Women’s Aid, said:

We are severely concerned that the proposed legislation in the Covert Human Intelligence Sources Bill will provide the security services and the police with a lawful basis to undertake serious crimes – including rape, sexual violence and torture – without fear of prosecution. 

Appalling practices in previous undercover policing operations have been revealed in recent years. Women have bravely spoken out about their harrowing experiences of rape, or intimate relationships which were built on deception, during previous covert operations. It is unacceptable that these abuses of power are now being written into law. 

We urge the government to reconsider and ensure that those committing rape and other serious offences against women, regardless of the context in which the offending occurs, are never above the law.”

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