Joint Committee to question the Secretary of State for Justice on the human rights implications of the actions taken to tackle coronavirus
17 April 2020
On Monday at 2.30pm the Joint Committee on Human rights will be meeting remotely to take evidence from the Rt Hon. Robert Buckland QC MP, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice who is the cabinet minister responsible for human rights.
- Watch the session on Parliament TV
- Inquiry: The Government's response to COVID-19: human rights implications
- Joint Committee on Human Rights
The Joint Committee on Human Rights is a select committee chaired by Harriet Harman MP and consists of half MPs and half peers.
The Committee will be questioning the justice minister on human rights issues including:
- Whether police action in supporting social distancing has respected human rights or overstepped the mark;
- Whether in order to protect the right to family life for children of mothers in prison he will institute early release for non-violent women offenders in prison;
- What measures will be put in place to protect privacy if a tracing app is introduced;
- How he is protecting the right of young people with autism and/or learning disabilities detained in institutions not to be subjected to inhuman and degrading treatment when parents are prevented from visiting and inspections suspended; and
- What monitoring of human rights he is undertaking particularly of prosecutions of people for breaching the new lockdown regulations.
Monday 20 April.
- Rt Hon. Robert Buckland QC MP, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice
- Andrew Waldren, Deputy Director of the Human Rights Team
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