Following its meeting on 24 April, the Commission issued a statement on Covid-19 oversight in respect of human rights and equality.
The statement focuses on three matters:
- The need for more detailed data on the implementation of emergency powers including police powers.
- A call for parliamentary oversight of the implementation of emergency legislation.
- A commitment to keep the emergency legislation under review.
We believe that the most appropriate oversight mechanism is an Oireachtas Committee on Human Rights, Equality and Diversity, which would have the requisite cross-departmental mandate to examine the legal, social and economic rights implications of Covid-19.
The Commission has previously stated that it believes that emergency actions to protect individual lives and public health during this emergency should be necessary, proportionate and non-discriminatory, and should be informed by human rights and equality principles.