Thursday August 13, 2020

Ray Murphy: Respect for human rights must be central to our response to Covid-19

The restrictions on fundamental freedoms have to be necessary, proportionate and non-discriminatory

17th May, 2020
Viktor Orbán, the prime minister of Hungary, has effectively suspended democracy and is ruling by decree Picture: Getty

The Covid-19 crisis has brought many challenges to our way of life and, similar to other emergencies, the response will define our immediate future. Ensuring respect for the human rights of everyone during the pandemic continues to pose a challenge for all states, including Ireland.

Two-thirds of member states of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe have put in place states of emergency or other extraordinary measures, which often enable curbs on fundamental...

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