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Dunja Mijatović: 'The COVID-19 pandemic has been an accelerator of the problems we were already facing'

“The COVID-19 pandemic has been an accelerator of the problems we were already facing but were refusing to address. We now have no excuses. We can no longer procrastinate in realising human rights for all”, today said Dunja Mijatović, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, presenting her annual activity report for 2019.

“The many present and future challenges facing our societies require that we strengthen the place that human rights hold within them. If I had to choose one lesson from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is that we all must work with more resolve to mend the cracks in our human rights protection systems and make sure we come out of this difficult time stronger and more united”, she added.