Publication - Research and analysis

Coronavirus (COVID-19): international policing responses - part 2 - easing of lockdown

Published: 27 Jul 2020
From:
Director-General Education and Justice
Directorate:
Justice Directorate
Part of:
Law and order
ISBN:
9781839609152

This review (part 2) considers international policing approaches and responses during the easing of lockdown (up to 15 June 2020) and future considerations.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): international policing responses - part 2 - easing of lockdown
Human Rights and Equalities considerations

Human Rights and Equalities considerations

  • Police have to comply with human rights requirements on any limitation to freedom of assembly, expression and thought/conscience/religion in the context of enforcing public health regulations. Issues around public assembly - ranging from recreational sites to public demonstrations such as Black Lives Matter and counter protests - have been a particular challenge to the police[7]
  • There have been concerns raised of a 'postcode lottery' of policing under the emergency powers, and the criminalisation of certain communities/differential treatment in enforcing restrictions
  • There may have been biases against Minority Ethnic communities,[8] especially when it comes to spot checks or stop and search
  • Collect equalities data on the use of police enforcement powers where possible
  • Carefully consider the use of technology by the police, taking into account individual privacy rights

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