November 30
2020
Anjum Shabbir
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20th November 2020
Covid-19 Human Rights

COVID-19: Protecting children’s rights

The Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) has made remarks on the impact of the pandemic on the rights of children, emphasising the aspect of education in particular, referring to its survey of June 2020, which it states reveals a direct link between education and tolerance: ‘people who are more educated tend to be more tolerant of others’.

Concerning that right to education for children, the FRA acknowledges the inequalities in access to education and child poverty that have been exacerbated by the pandemic and related measures.

In this context it recalls that ‘Member States have an obligation to protect and ensure the rights of children’ under the UN Child Rights Convention, the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and EU law, and looks forward to the Commission’s anticipated strategy on Rights of the Child in early 2021 – along with the suggestion that it include an ‘EU child guarantee’ (without further explanation as to what it means precisely by that term).

Read FRA’s news item here.

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