Protect Everyone Bill: Launch Event

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Another way is possible: a rights-based response to the pandemic.

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I. SUPPORT PROTECTING EVERYONE

The Government's response to the pandemic has left some people behind.

It's time for a fresh approach, one that prioritises support and human rights, so that everyone is protected during this public health emergency.

And that starts with the Coronavirus (Rights and Support) Bill - better known as the Protect Everyone Bill.

On 25 March 2020, Parliament passed the Coronavirus Act 2020 in a single day, with scarcely any amendment and no firm expiry date. The Act imposes the greatest restrictions on civil liberties in at least a generation, while magnifying inequalities by failing to provide support for those who need it most.

But another way was, and still is, possible.

Liberty has teamed up with expert charities, NGOs and lawyers who have fought against the damaging aspects of the Government's Covid response for the past year to present a positive alternative piece of legislation which shows that we can have a different, rights-based pandemic response.

The Protect Everyone Bill removes the dangerous powers in the Coronavirus Act and replaces them with clear and proportionate measures focused on public health, human rights and protection for everyone equally instead of criminal justice.

The Government has said it wants to "build back better". Join us on Wednesday 17th March at 6pm to discuss how we can do so: by protecting the public and ensuring that our human rights and civil liberties remain respected.

Speakers will include representatives from Liberty, ACORN, Disability Rights UK and JCWI, and MPs from the Labour party and Liberal Democrats.

The event will be BSL interpreted and captioned.

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Bell Ribeiro-Addy is the Labour MP for Streatham. She is one of the co-chairs of the Socialist Campaign Group of MPs.

Alistair Carmichael is the Liberal Democrat MP for Orkney and Shetland. He currently undertakes the roles of Home Affairs, Cabinet Office and Northern Ireland Spokesperson for the Liberal Democrats.

Gracie Mae Bradley is a policy expert, writer and campaigner with expertise in civil liberties, state racism and surveillance. She was appointed Interim Director of Liberty in October 2020. She first joined Liberty in 2017 as a Policy and Campaigns Officer leading work at the intersection of tech and human rights, and subsequently spent two years co-leading the Policy and Campaigns team and advocacy across policing, counter-terror, and migration. Her career has spanned a broad range of research, policy and casework roles in the UK NGO sector, including at Room to Heal, Freedom from Torture, the Centre for the Study of Emotion and Law, and Migrants’ Rights Network.

Siobhan Taylor-Ward is the Chair of the Liverpool branch of Acorn. She was one of the founding members in May 2019 and has been chair for almost two years. She has been involved in member defence case work and has led on policy work relating to Landlord Licensing Schemes. She is currently working with members to set up a policy group in the city. Siobhan is Housing and Social Welfare Solicitor at Vauxhall Law Centre.

Zoe Gardner is Policy Advisor at JCWI where she has worked for two years. She was previously a researcher and campaigner with expertise on migrants rights in the UK and Europe working at migrant and refugee rights and race equality organisations in London, Greece and Brussels.

Fazilet Hadi is Head of Policy at Disability Rights UK. She started her career as a solicitor in Law Centres, held senior equality roles in local government and was a director at RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People) where she developed a membership scheme, expanded advice services and led many successful campaigns to improve laws and policies for blind and partially sighted people.

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