Unjabbed against Covid shouldn’t be discriminated, Amnesty warns EU state — Analysis

Amnesty International issued a statement urging Italy to reconsider its anti-Covid-19 policies in order to avoid discrimination against people who are not vaccinated. This follows a government decree.

Amnesty International released a Saturday statement urging it to offer other protection measures like wearing masks and taking test to ensure that unvaccinated individuals can continue to work, as well as public transport. 

The group also demanded that safety precautions be taken. “must respond to the principles of necessity, temporariness and proportionality,”And urged the government to reconsider whether the country should extend the state of emergency beyond March 2022. 

The current restrictions will continue to apply until June 15, 2022. It is not sufficient to have a positive Covid-19 test or wear a mask to be able to ride public transport. 

Amnesty International Italia noted that in some cases mandatory vaccination may be appropriate and necessary. These restrictive measures must be specific, time-limited, accompanied with evidence-based logic and proportionate to the legitimate goal of public health protection. 

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“The government must continue to ensure that the entire population can enjoy its fundamental rights, such as the right to education, work and medical treatment, with particular regard to non-Covid patients who need urgent surgery,”It said so, according to Reuters.  

It was earlier in the month that the Italian government mandated the Covid-19 vaccination for anyone over 50. Access to public transport and other services requires the jab. Italy is one of few European nations to have taken such steps, in an effort to reduce the pressure on health care and to prevent any deaths.

Before that, Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s government had made vaccination mandatory for teachers and health workers, and all employees were obliged to be vaccinated or provide negative Covid-19 test results in order to access their workplace. Any refusal would result in suspension of work and no pay. 

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