Social Rights in times of pandemic
The COVID-19 crisis is a brutal reminder of the importance of ensuring lasting progress with respect to social rights enjoyment, particularly through the development of universal public health services. The pandemic shows in practical terms the indivisibility of human rights. It is crucial that the European Social Charter, also known as the Social Constitution of Europe, is used to shape human rights-compliant responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and to take stock once the crisis is over. The Charter, together with its monitoring mechanisms - reporting and collective complaints - are excellent tools for the reconstruction efforts that will follow.
Giuseppe Palmisano, President of the European Committee of Social Rights