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The government’s coronavirus legislation threatens essential freedoms

Human rights risk being forgotten in the understandable rush to protect public health

By Martha Spurrier  

Johnson makes his statement on Monday evening. Photo: PA Images

Coronavirus has created a public crisis on a previously unimaginable scale. Around the world, politicians are faced with the unenviable task of trying to fix societies that are breaking down. The change to our public and personal lives that this crisis demands is so dramatic that each and every one of us is affected.

The UK government has an obligation to take steps to protect people’s lives. At my campaign organisation Liberty, we understand that this will involve restrictions…

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