Liberty Campaign and Petition -Coronavirus Act

Please see details of a campaign by Liberty regarding the Coronavirus Act and the protection of human rights:

"The Act was rushed through Parliament in just one day, creating radical new policing, border control and data collection powers, and watering down fundamental human rights protections – hitting some of the most marginalised people hardest"

Liberty conducted a poll with members of the public:

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• More than three quarters (76 per cent) of respondents want their human rights protected during a national crisis.

• 73 per cent are concerned about homeless people being fined during lockdown. Many rough sleepers received fines for being outside.

• Two thirds (66 per cent) believe everyone should have access to state support during a pandemic – which contrasts with the Government's response that cut off support for some people, even at the height of the outbreak.

• Nearly two thirds (64 per cent) are concerned about Government data collection.

• Almost three fifths (58 per cent) were concerned about the "heavy-handed" policing of lockdown.

• Less than two in five (38 per cent) trust the Government and private companies with their medical data.

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