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Fixed Penalty Notices and Protest during long lockdown examined by MPs

23 February 2021

The Joint Committee on Human Rights will hear from legal experts and police representatives about how the pandemic is currently being policed. The committee will examine whether it raises human rights concerns, particularly around the right to private and family life and freedom from discrimination.


Wednesday 24 February, 3pm

Panel one

  • Lochlinn Parker, ITN Solicitors, Head of Civil Liberties
  • Kirsty Brimelow QC, Doughty Street Chambers, Head of International Human Rights Team
  • Gracie Bradley, Liberty, Interim Director

Panel two

  • Owen Weatherill, NPCC, Operation Talla Silver Lead,
  • CC BJ Harrington, NPCC, Public Order Lead
  • John Apter, Chair of the Police Federation

Purpose of the session

The session will look at the main concerns around fixed penalty notices and inconsistencies in enforcement.

Fixed penalty notices have been the main method of encouraging compliance and penalising non-compliance during the pandemic.

The Committee will also ask how the right to peaceful protest is being protected during the pandemic.

Peaceful protest is protected by the right to freedom of expression and freedom of assembly and association (Articles 10 and 11, European Convention on Human Rights).

They will ask whether any restrictions on this qualified right have been proportionate and equally applied.

Further information

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