Government measures to combat COVID-19 have profound implications for everybody’s fundamental rights, including the right to life and to health, as mapped by a new Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) report. Government responses to stop the virus particularly affect the rights of already vulnerable or at-risk people, such as the elderly, children, people with disabilities, Roma or refugees.

The FRA report ‘Coronavirus pandemic in the EU: Fundamental Rights Implications’ looks at the measures EU Member States use to address the pandemic to highlight rights-respectful approaches that other Member states can learn from. It focuses on four issues underlining the need to carefully and regularly assess the impact on people’s fundamental rights as governments react to the ever-developing pandemic.

Report on Lithuania was prepared by dr. Daumantas Stumbrys, research fellow at Lithuanian Social Research Centre.