Rights Protection by the EU
All EU governments have promised to protect human rights, democracy and the rule of law. No country can join the EU until it has shown that it has laws, policies and institutions in place to uphold these fundamental values, such as a free media and an independent judiciary. Once a country is inside the EU, however, the Union has limited powers to make sure the government sticks to these promises. This topic covers the work we do to persuade the EU to create stronger powers to protect its fundamental values, and the work we do to persuade the EU to use the powers it already has to prevent governments inside the Union from abusing human rights.
Rights Protection by the EU articles
•In Italy associations dedicated to taking care of victims in war zones, saving migrants and assisting other marginalised groups have mobilized.
•Measures to stem the rate of coronavirus infection in Italy, including harsh home quarantines, are based only on decrees, not on laws, even though the penalties for breaching them include prison sentences.
•Antigone has released its sixteenth annual report, which explores the situation in Italian correctional facilities during 2019 and the first months of 2020.