The Joint Committee on Human Rights heard from witnesses about the human rights implications of long lockdown in mental health units and prisons, as well as care homes.
Following on from the Committees inquiry “The Government’s response to Covid-19: human rights implications”, the Committee have launched an inquiry into “The Government’s response to Covid-19: human rights implications of long lockdown”.
During this session, the Committee re-visited problems covered in their previous inquiry, including the detention of young people who are autistic and/or have learning disabilities and the rights of the children of mothers in prison, and also heard from witnesses whose right to a family life (Article 8 ECHR) has been personally affected by the long lockdown in these settings, as well as campaigners.
John, husband of a care home resident
Helen Wildbore, Director, Relatives and Residents Association
Matt Clifton, Chief Executive, bemix
Alison, mother of young person detained in an Assessment and Treatment Unit
Alexis Quinn, Rightful Lives
Sarah Burrows, Children Heard and Seen