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Short Update: The EU Agency for Fundamental Rights published a new report on COVID-19 and its implications for fundamental rights

FairTrialsAdmin - July 30, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Rule of Law

The report covers the period 1 – 30 June 2020 and focuses on four interrelated issues: 

— states of emergency or equivalent measures; 

— measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 and mitigate its impact on social life, education, work, the justice system and travel to and within the EU: specific stay-at-home orders remained in place in many countries for persons infected with the Coronavirus or persons living with them. Some Member States ordered lockdown measures for specific regions experiencing rising infection rates. 

— Police continued to monitor and record violations of health and safety rules, in some cases imposing fines for violations. 

— the impact of the virus and efforts to limit its spread on particular groups in society, namely people in institutional settings, such as, detainees: detention conditions and measures to contain the COVID-19 pandemic continued to affect detainees’ rights across the EU. Several Member States reported new COVID-19 infections among prisoners and prison staff. 

Member States continued to gradually restore normal services in prisons throughout June, primarily by easing visiting bans and resuming activities such as education programmes. Some countries considered whether to extend initiatives introduced during the pandemic, such as greater access to video calls. 

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