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  • Pandemic and its reactions have had an opposed impact on susceptible teams, says Vienna-based Elementary Rights Company. 
  • Home violence, sexual abuse elevated in 2020. 
  • Calls to nationwide home violence hotlines rose by 50% in Czech Republic final yr, says rights group. 

In its annual report on Thursday, an EU rights company stated the coronavirus pandemic has had a profound impact on human rights, as baby abuse and incidents involving racism have elevated for the reason that previous yr. 

“The pandemic and the reactions it triggered exacerbated existing challenges and inequalities in all areas of life, especially affecting vulnerable groups,” a report by the Vienna-based Elementary Rights Company stated.

“It also sparked an increase in racist incidents,” the FRA added, calling the pandemic´s results on rights “profound”.

Marginalised teams reminiscent of Roma, refugees and migrants weren’t solely at greater danger of contamination, but additionally misplaced jobs owing to strict lockdown measures.

As well as, they had been the targets of “racist and xenophobic incidents, including verbal insults, harassment, physical aggression and online hate speech”, in accordance with proof collected by the FRA and different teams.

In 2020, home violence and sexual abuse additionally elevated, the report stated.

It cited sources within the Czech Republic and Germany as saying that calls to nationwide home violence hotlines rose by 50% within the former and by 20% within the latter between March and June final yr.

Baby sexual abuse on-line additionally elevated, FRA stated, citing Europol.

The company urged nations to deal with the pandemic and its “unprecedented collective challenge” to human rights with “balanced measures that are based on law” and which had been “temporary and proportional”.

The report covers the 27 European Union member states, together with North Macedonia and Serbia.

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