I would like to help today and donate

Next
Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.
Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.
Next
Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.
Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.
CLOSE
NEWS

Short Update: Council of Europe issues guidance to governments on respecting human rights, democracy and the rule of law during COVID-19 crisis

FairTrialsAdmin - April 9, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Rule of Law

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić, issued a toolkit for governments across Europe on respecting human rights, democracy and the rule of law during the COVID-19 crisis. “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,” said the Secretary General. The toolkit is designed to help ensure that measures taken by member states during the current crisis remain proportional to the threat posed by the spread of the virus and are limited in time. The document covers four key areas: 

  1. Derogation from the European Convention on Human Rights in times of emergency  

  1. Respect for the rule of law and democratic principles in times of emergency, including limits on the scope and duration of emergency measures 

  1. Fundamental human rights standards including freedom of expression, privacy and data protection, protection of vulnerable groups from discrimination and the right to education 

  1. Protection from crime and the protection of victims of crime, in particular regarding gender-based violence. 

We publish information as it is reported to us. If you would like to make us aware of an inaccuracy or send us more information please email us at [email protected] 

If you are a journalist interested in this story, please telephone Fair Trials’ press department on +44 (0) 20 7822 2370 or +32 (0) 2 360 04 71.

Keep up to date

Receive updates on our work and news about Fair Trials globally

Activities in the following sections on this website are supported by the Justice Programme of the European Union: Legal Experts Advisory Panel, Defence Rights Map, Case Law Database, Advice Guides and Latest News. More information about our financial supporters is available here.