Mohamed Elmaazi and Frances Webber discuss a series of draconian and authoritarian laws and policies being fast-tracked by the current British government, under the cover of the COVID-19 pandemic. These include the disproportionate use of emergency powers, the depravation of rights of asylum seekers, a push to repeal the Human Rights Act and the de-criminalisation of serious crimes committed by undercover agents via the Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill 2019 – 2021.
Interviewer Mohamed Elmaazi is a journalist and volunteer with the Campaign for Criminalising Community and the Peace in Kurdistan campaign. He studied law at the School of Oriental and African studies and completed his LLM in international law at the American University of Cairo.
Interviewee Frances Webber is a retired human rights and immigration barrister. Frances is author of Borderline Justice: the fight for refugee and migrant rights, and vice chair of the Institute of Race Relations, with which she’s been involved for over fifty years.