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Harriet Harman: we must keep “a very careful eye” on UK commitment to human rights

The Labour grandee and human rights committee chair on lockdown, contact tracing and the urgent need to protect vulnerable groups

By Alex Dean  

Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Archive/PA Images

Coronavirus has necessitated the greatest restrictions on liberty in our history. Two months in, those restrictions are only just beginning to be lifted. Handling the fallout and moving to the next phase and eventual recovery will all raise important questions for human rights. How do we protect the rights of vulnerable people and indeed the population at large?

One important voice in this discussion is Harriet Harman. Best known as a former deputy and acting leader of the Labour Party, as well as a…

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