EHRC Briefing - Voyeurism (Offences) (No.2) Bill - Second Reading, 23 October 2018

Posted On: 
19th October 2018

This is the briefing from the Equality and Human Rights Commission in contribution to the Second Reading of the Voyeurism (Offences) (No.2) Bill in the House of Lords that will take place on 23 October 2018.

This briefing addresses the issue of ‘up-skirting’ within the Voyeurism (Offences) (No.2) Bill. It sets out the analysis of the Commission in relation to this new offence. Our views relate to international human rights law as well as our remit to strengthen the legal and policy frameworks that protect people from identity-based violence and harassment.

We very much welcome the introduction of this important new Bill. In addition, we make the following recommendations:

  • The motivation element of the offence should be removed, or at the very least, two further motives should be added: ‘financial gain’ and ‘entertainment or amusement.’
  • The Bill should include a new offence of ‘disclosure or distribution of up-skirting images.

The briefing is available online here.