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The Government’s response to COVID-19: human rights implications

The Government’s response to COVID-19: human rights implications Featured

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government has announced measures which aim to protect individuals’ right to life (Article 2 ECHR) and further steps will need to be taken over the coming days, weeks and months. Amongst other measures, it is expected that the Government will introduce emergency legislation giving it new powers which are intended to help in containing and coping with the pandemic in the UK.

As this situation develops the UK Parliament’s Human Rights Committee will seek to examine the Government’s actions to ensure that its approach is compliant with human rights – not least the right to life (Article 2 ECHR). While it is likely that steps will need to be taken that interfere with human rights, for example the right to liberty (Article 5 ECHR) and the right to respect for family life (Article 8 ECHR), this must be done in a way that is proportionate.

The impact of these measures will be widely felt, and some groups will be affected more than others.

When is the deadline for responding to the Call For Evidence (Consultation)?

Midnight Wednesday 22nd July 2020

Who should respond?

The committee wants to hear your views. They welcome submissions from anyone with answers to the questions in the call for evidence.

How can I respond?

You can respond online using the following link:
https://committees.parliament.uk/call-for-evidence/85/the-governments-response-to-covid19-human-rights-implications/

For more details we refer you to the following documents:

Human Rights and the Government’s Response to Covid-19: Digital Contact Tracing:
https://committees.parliament.uk/publications/992/documents/7782/default/ 

The UK Government's response to Covid-19 and Human Rights: 
https://www.bihr.org.uk/the-uk-governments-response-to-covid-19-and-human-rights 

 

Brighton Kavaloh

Brighton G. Kavaloh is a retired Seventh-day Adventist ordained Minister of Religion. He is the Founder and Director of Advent Religio-Legal Perspective.

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