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Anti-lockdown libertarians distract attention from the true human rights challenge

A careful balancing exercise is needed to protect competing rights when fighting Covid-19

By Dimitrios Giannoulopoulos  

A colourful shop window asks passers-by to stay at home, protect the NHS, save lives during the height of lockdown. Photo: Kieran Cleeves/EMPICS Entertainment

As fears of a second wave in Europe intensify, and we are confronted, in the UK, with local lockdowns that restrict freedom of movement and association for millions of fellow citizens (such as in Leicester, Manchester and now Preston), it is vital to forensically interrogate the moral, legal and practical foundations of our response to Covid-19. Establishing that this amounts to legitimate, proportionate and effective…

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