Liberty’s Briefing on the Coronavirus Bill

Posted on 24 Mar 2020

The UK is currently facing a public health crisis within the wider context of the global coronavirus pandemic.

Liberty recognises that the UK government has an obligation under human rights law to take steps to protect the lives of people within its jurisdiction and wholeheartedly supports this aim. At the same time, we are keenly aware that states of crisis and exception are often the ground on which long-term erosions of precious rights and liberties are seeded. We therefore urge Parliamentarians to carefully and fearlessly scrutinise this Bill, amending it to ensure that the exceptional powers that it sets out may be invoked only when necessary, and in a manner that is proportionate, time-limited, and in accordance with human rights law.

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