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COVID-19: Threat to rights tests European LGBTIQ+ community resilience

COVID-19 has been difficult for all, with lockdowns hitting minorities even harder. Governments have exploited the pandemic to ramp up existing anti-LGBTIQ+ discrimination, highlighting the European LGBTIQ+ movement’s need to strengthen support for activists and diversify funding sources.

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Rethinking the Significance of Data Protection Rights in Times of Crisis

COVID-19 has highlighted an increasingly powerful and intrusive digital culture. While data protection is often sacrificed for the public good in emergencies, it is important to recognise and safeguard its vital role in defending other rights, particularly in difficult times.

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COVID-19: Safeguarding Rights of Individuals Against Normalisation of Emergency Measures

International human rights law is geared toward protecting rights of individuals. COVID-19, however, necessitated widespread restrictions placing the common good above personal liberties. Such derogations should be explicit, clearly defined and limited to safeguard against creeping normalisation of exceptional provisions.

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The Role of Freedom of Religion or Belief in Tackling the COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID-related restrictions have unduly impacted freedom of religion or belief of individuals and communities globally, while religious minorities have suffered disproportionately during the pandemic. However, faith communities can play an important role in overcoming this crisis and future ones.

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So Brazil has Closed its Land Borders: Who Cares?

The Brazilian federal government has closed the country's land borders, citing the need to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. Lacking in legal grounding, the closure increases the vulnerability of migrants, including their exposure to human rights violations.

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Is Mandatory Vaccination Against COVID-19 Justifiable Under the European Convention on Human Rights?

Mandatory vaccination interferes with personal integrity but may be necessary to safeguard public health. However, states must consider all relevant factors in context and ensure such policies do not place disproportionate burdens on those hesitant about vaccination.

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Emergency Measures, Human Rights and the Rule of Law in Face of COVID-19

Apart from being a public health emergency, the COVID-19 pandemic is also a global crisis of public law and human rights. Emergency measures introduced in many countries pose concerns from the perspective of constitutional and international law.

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