An expert institute close to the Kremlin released a report on widespread human rights violations in Europe during the pandemic. The situation in Russia was not considered

The Expert Institute for Socio-Economic Research (EISS), close to the presidential administration, released a report stating that European countries violated 22 of the 30 articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights during the fight against coronavirus.

With a report titled “New Normality. How Europe renounces civil rights and political tradition ”got acquainted with“ Vedomosti ”.

The authors of the report, in particular, believe that the rights to liberty and security of person, equality before the law, freedom of movement, freedom of thought, conscience and religion have been violated in the EU countries. They point to the initiation of criminal cases against journalists who criticized the actions or inaction of governments, restrictions on freedom of assembly, freedom of religion due to the closure of churches and mosques, restrictions on privacy due to contact tracing.

Also, the measures taken to limit the spread of coronavirus, according to the authors of the report, have led to an increase in age discrimination, vaccine inequality, violation of labor rights and an increase in economic inequality.

Experts, among other things, refer to the data of the  non-governmental organization Freedom House, which investigated the impact of the pandemic on democracy in different countries of the world, including Russia. The report “New Normal” did not consider the observance of human rights in Russia. At the same time, Vedomosti writes, one of the authors of the study, Gleb Kuznetsov, points out that “in Russia, human rights are now much better than in the EU”.

The Freedom House study, in turn, speaks of a sharp deterioration in the human rights situation in Russia over the past year.

In Russia, from the end of March to mid-May, the regime of the so-called non-working days was in effect. In some constituent entities, including Moscow and the Moscow region, access control was introduced – it was possible to move around the city only with a special pass. For people over 65 years old and people with chronic diseases in Moscow and the Moscow region for several months (with a break) there was a mandatory self-isolation regime, in particular, social cards were blocked.

In Europe, in the spring of 2021, due to the increase in cases of COVID-19, restrictions are tightened again. In Russia, by April, the most stringent measures to combat coronavirus have been canceled.

(C)MEDUZA 2021

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