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Human rights are more important than ever in times of crisis

On the Front Line against Human Rights Violations

“The virus is destroying many lives and much else of what is very dear to us. We should not let it destroy our core values and free societies,”

Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić

At the end of March Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić warned that Covid-19 restrictions had to be balanced with human rights.  We’ve put together a coronavirus toolkit to guide governments as they make difficult decisions, and opened up our human rights training programme for free with the launch of a five hour course.

As governments scramble to protect their populations many of the rights we take for granted are being taken away. In many countries, we’re not allowed to meet - even to visit relatives - our children are not allowed in school and our privacy is open to challenge by authorities trying to control the virus. Yet throughout Europe communities gain strength by coming together.

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COVID-19, challenges to human rights and the danger of widening social divisions

Secretary General 11 May 2021 Strasbourg

In online remarks to the sixth annual Delphi Economic Forum today, the Council of Europe’s Secretary General stressed the ”proactive approach” taken by the Council of Europe to meet human rights challenges associated with COVID19. As 11 May 2021 marked the 10th anniversary of the Council of...

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Vaccine passes: protecting human rights and personal data

Council of Europe 4 May 2021 Strasbourg

Statements by the Bioethics Committee and the Data Protection Convention Committee

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High-level webinar: impact of Covid-19 policies on human rights in Europe

27 April 2021 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić has delivered a keynote speech on Covid-19 policies and their impact on human rights at a webinar organised on 27 April 2021 by the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS). Other speakers at the online event included: Salla...

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