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Is it enough to hope Boris de Pfeffel Johnson will not just dismiss these concerns as piffle? Perhaps there is an alternative - taking the UK to court. Specifically, to the international courts that deal with matters of human rights.

For countries in the Council of Europe, this would be the European Court of Human Rights. Globally, there is the option of the Human Rights Committee of the United Nations.

How would this work? A court claim requires what lawyers call a "cause of action" - in this case, a breach of human rights, including the right to life and the right not to be subject to inhuman and degrading treatment.

Court cases are one option. but honestly, a country voluntarily turning itself into a petri-dish to breed better viruses is a direct threat to its neighbours, and to every country in the world. Which suggests that the matter should be put before the UN Security Council.

by IdiotSavant on Tue Jul 20th, 2021 at 06:08:50 AM EST

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