HUMAN RIGHTS AND COVID-19 – Freedom of Opinion and Expression, Freedom of the Media, the Right to Be Informed

Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights, with the expert support of UN Human Rights Team Serbia presents the third brief analysis HUMAN RIGHTS AND COVID-19 – Analysis of the changes in legal framework during a state of emergency and impact on enjoying human rights – Freedom of Opinion and Expression, Freedom of the Media, the Right to Be Informed

In the Republic of Serbia, in order to prevent the spread of the infection and the effects caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the Decision on Declaring a State of Emergency was adopted on March 15th 2020. This decision, as well as many other regulations concerning it, that were adopted, have resulted in the restriction of certain rights of citizens.

This analysis also chronologically shows the changes in the scope of enjoying guaranteed rights and the manner of regulating changes during the first month of the state of emergency (March 15th – April 15th, 2020), with an assessment of the compliance of activities and measures of all branches of the government with the requirements of the rule of law and the principles of human rights restrictions.

The focus of this analysis is the on the freedom of opinion and expression, freedom of the media, as well as on the right to binformed. Like the previous, the analysis presents the issues that relevant measures and restrictions had been creating, particularly to vulnerable groups, initiatives and proposals submitted to state authorities to solve or mitigate the issues, as well as the State’s response to the initiatives.

* The views expressed in the analysis do not necessarily represent the views of the United Nations.


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