COVID-19 and the impact on human rights

The paper “COVID-19 and the impact on human rights” was published by the AIRE Centre on 28 April 2020 to provide a brief overview of the implications of the fight…

Constitutional Court of BiH found violation of freedom of movement by measures imposed against COVID-19 virus

The Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina has concluded on 22.04.2020 that there had been a violation of the appellant’s right to freedom of movement under Article II(3)(m) of the…

Increase in cases of violence against women during the COVID-19 pandemic

Since the outbreak of the pandemic, a dramatic increase has been reported in recorded cases of violence against women and domestic violence, both worldwide and in Council of Europe member…

Recommendations of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe during the COVID-19 pandemic

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić, has issued a toolkit on respecting human rights, democracy and the rule of law during the COVID-19 crisis to all…

DNA sampling was not in accordance with Article 8 of the Convention

In the case of Dragan Petrović v. Serbia (application no. 75229/10, 14.04.2020) the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been no violation of Article 8 (right…

The right to freedom of media in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic in Serbia

On 28 March, Serbian government adopted a five-point decision regulating the centralization of public information on the coronavirus pandemic during the current state of emergency. The Decision mentions that all…

Fundamental Rights of Refugees and Migrants during COVID-19 Pandemic

The Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration and Refugees of the Council of Europe, together with the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) have published a note on the main fundamental…

The seizure and retention of a server for the purpose of a criminal investigation did not comply with the Convention

In the case Pendov v. Bulgaria application no. 44229/11 (26/03/2020) the European Court of Human Rights held that there was a violation of Article 1 of Protocol No. 1 (protection…

CPT’s Principles on the Treatment of Persons Deprived of their Liberty during the COVID-19 Virus Pandemic

The Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) has published a statement of principles relating to the treatment of persons deprived of…

Measures of the European Court of Human Rights during the COVID-19 pandemic

The European Court of Human Rights has taken a series of exceptional measures in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. In accordance with the lockdown measures adopted by the host…