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The government response to COVID-19 raised human rights concerns, including in relation to the right to health, the enactment of emergency legislation without parliamentary oversight, and police use of spit hoods. Increased numbers of people accessed abortion services under the 2018 law, but gaps...
Europe and Central Asia Maternal Health and Reproductive Rights

Ireland: Serious Gaps in Human Rights Protection, Amnesty International Submission for the UN Universal Periodic Review, 39th Session of the UPR Working Group, 1 – 12 November 2021

This submission was prepared for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Ireland in November 2021. In it, Amnesty International evaluates the implementation of recommendations made to Ireland in its previous UPR, including in relation to its ratification of human rights treaties and removing the...
Belgium COVID-19

Activism in times of COVID-19: a time for change?

These are strange times indeed. The pandemic is exposing the enormous contradictions and inequalities of our societies. For some of us, even though in a privileged position, it seems that our lives have been put on hold and the world as we knew it is no more. We don’t know what the “new normal”...