Summary title: Petition No 0612/2020 by R.L. (Latvian), on behalf of Latvijas bezdarbnieku un darba meklētāju interešu aizstāvības biedrība (LBDMIAB), on the development of EU legislation in case of epidemiological situations, avoiding violation of human rights
Petition number: 0612/2020
Topics: Health, Fundamental Rights
Name of association: Latvijas bezdarbnieku un darba meklētāju interešu aizstāvības biedrība (LBDMIAB)
Name: R. L.
The petitioner addresses the European Parliament in the margin of the decision of the Latvian government to declare a state of emergency in order to limit the spread of COVID-19. The Latvian Association of Interests for the Unemployed and Job Seekers (LBDMIAB) is of the opinion that this decision violates several articles of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as Article 6 on the Right to liberty and security of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU. The LBDMIAB proposes to develop uniform legislation at EU-level, which would determine how to act in case of a dangerous infectious disease in a Member State or Member States. This common legislation should not conflict with human rights principles. The petitioner calls a single EU framework, given that epidemics and pandemics caused by different diseases are usually not limited to one country and that therefore stopping the spread of similar diseases should not be a matter for each Member State individually.