EU Agency for Fundamental Rights highlights human & labour rights implications of COVID-19

Author: European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights , Published on: 30 March 2020

"Fundamental rights implications: COVID-19 pandemic", 27 March 2020

While the Coronavirus has an impact on everyone’s life, some people are more affected than others...

As governments increasingly implement measures forcing people to stay at home, women in particular will feel the impact. Women find themselves on the front lines – as mothers, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, teachers, shop assistants...

The virus is also endangering people whose living conditions are already dire, lacking sanitation and hygiene – migrants, asylum seekers, exploited workers or Roma...

Migrant workers are also severely exploited across the EU. They are forced to work for endless hours with little or no pay, without safety equipment and no access to running water. With the outbreak, they face high risks of contracting the disease.

FRA’s report on severe labour exploitation shows that there is an urgent need for governments to do more to tackle such exploitation across the EU...

Another worrying issue is the rise in discrimination. Discrimination, hate crime and hate speech is already a problem across large swathes of Europe, as FRA research shows...

FRA [...] will publish a focus report in early April to highlight some of the main fundamental rights concerns emerging from the crisis. 

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