National Crime Agency

Home Office written question – answered on 20th July 2022.

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Photo of Tony Lloyd Tony Lloyd Labour, Rochdale

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what safeguards are in place to ensure that the National Crime Agency’s (a) cooperation and (b) intelligence sharing with officials and bodies in FCDO Human Rights Priority Countries is carried out without (i) violating the UK’s international human rights obligations, (ii) undermining the UK’s policy to oppose the death penalty in all circumstances and (iii) endangering people undertaking lawful activities, including as a result of potentially unwarranted surveillance.

Photo of Tom Pursglove Tom Pursglove Minister of State (Ministry of Justice and Home Office)

It is vital that the Government’s work on security and justice overseas is in accordance with our obligations under international law, including international human rights law.

When cooperating and sharing intelligence with its international law enforcement partners, the National Crime Agency must comply with the Overseas Security and Justice Assistance guidance, which enables assessments to be made about the human rights and reputational risks of international security and justice work undertaken by the UK.

It is also subject to the Principles relating to the detention and interviewing of detainees overseas and the passing and receipt of intelligence relating to detainees.

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