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Short Update: UK MPs warn that police enforcement of lockdown measures over Easter could breach human rights laws

FairTrialsAdmin - May 5, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Extended police powers, New criminal offences

Police attempts to stop the public flouting coronavirus lockdown measures over the Easter bank holiday could breach human rights laws, MPs have warned. As forces threaten to fine people for travelling to rural areas or making “non-essential” journeys, a report by the Joint Committee on Human Rights said police may be punishing members of the public “without any legal basis”. 

It said “widespread confusion as to what people are and are not permitted to do” was leading to violations of fundamental freedoms, with people being questioned, fined and even arrested when they have not broken the law. 

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