Justice and Security Green Paper: JCHR Report

April 10, 2012

The Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) has released a report, rejecting the Government’s proposals for extending Closed Material Procedures (CMPs) in the Justice and Security Green Paper as “inherently unfair”.

The cross-party committee of MPs and peers accuses the Government of using “vague predictions” and “spurious assertions” to justify dangerous changes to the legal system.

The Government’s proposal to remove Norwich Pharmacal – the legal method by which evidence of UK involvement in the torture of Binyam Mohamed was first obtained – is deemed “disproportionate”. The JCHR proposes that, rather than changing British law in order to address a “misperception” on the part of the US, ministers should approach US officials directly to deal with the misunderstanding.

Commenting, Reprieve’s Executive Director Clare Algar says:

“It should now be clear to ministers that these proposals must be dropped. To destroy our centuries-old tradition of open justice is bad enough. To do so based on unfounded gossip and misunderstanding would be nothing short of criminal.”