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Government responses to COVID-19 threatened a wide range of rights in Europe and Central Asia and exposed the human cost of social exclusion, inequality and state overreach. Under-resourcing of health systems and failure to provide adequate PPE exacerbated the death rates, workers faced barriers in accessing adequate social security, and public health measures disproportionately affected marginalized individuals and groups. Many governments also used the pandemic as a smokescreen for power grabs, clampdowns on freedoms and a pretext to ignore human rights obligations.
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October 27, 2021
Covid-19: G20 leaders must not repeat their failure over equal access to vaccines
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October 26, 2021
How the US pursuit of Julian Assange is a distraction from impunity for war crimes
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October 25, 2021
Dutch childcare benefit scandal an urgent wake-up call to ban racist algorithms
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October 25, 2021
US/UK: “Drop the charges, stop the extradition and free Julian Assange,” says Amnesty head
NEWS
October 22, 2021
Italy: Health and care workers face reprisals for speaking out during Covid-19 pandemic
Piotr Rojewski
NEWS
October 20, 2021
Poland: 17 Afghans at the border violently pushed back to Belarus
NEWS
October 20, 2021
Kosovo: Baseless lawsuits against environmental activists dropped in victory for freedom of expression
© Grzegorz Żukowski
NEWS
October 19, 2021
Poland: A Year On, Abortion Ruling Harms Women
Jaskiran K Marway
NEWS
October 19, 2021
Covid-19: Global attack on freedom of expression is having a dangerous impact on public health crisis
Richard Townshend
NEWS
October 15, 2021
UK: Matt Hancock’s appointment as UN special envoy for Covid-19 recovery in Africa requires clear commitment to human rights and just recovery
BELARUS
October 15, 2021
Demand a fair trial for Mikita
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UKRAINE
October 15, 2021
Demand protection for LGBTI group in Ukraine
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