The COVID-19 pandemic exposed gaps in respecting the fundamental rights to health, education, employment and social protection across society. FRA’s Fundamental Rights Report 2021 plots the pandemic’s wide-ranging impact on rights and suggests how best to address increasing inequalities and threats to societal cohesion.
“COVID-19 tested the resolve of fundamental rights protection systems across the EU,” says FRA Director Michael O’Flaherty. “Governments need to put in place lasting structures to tackle inequality, racism and exclusion. Only a rights-based approach allows governments to build inclusive societies.”
FRA’s Fundamental Rights Report 2021 reflects on the developments and shortfalls of human rights protection in the EU over the past year. Its Coronavirus focus chapter reviews the pandemic’s fundamental rights impact on people’s daily lives, particularly on vulnerable groups such as older people, people with disabilities, Roma and migrants.
Moving forward, governments should consult with national human rights bodies to assess how their public health actions affect fundamental rights. They should also:
Other key issues in 2020 include:
The report summarises and analyses major human rights developments in the EU in 2020. It contains proposals for action covering the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and its use by Member States; equality and non-discrimination; racism and related intolerance; Roma inclusion and equality; asylum, borders and migration; information society, privacy and data protection; child rights; access to justice; and implementing the UN Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities (CRPD).
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