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President Iohannis, at UNGA: We must all ensure that restrictions related to COVID-19 do not exacerbate rights violations

We must all ensure that restrictions related to COVID-19 do not exacerbate rights violations, on Tuesday said president Klaus Iohannis at the United Nations’ General Assembly.

“The primary responsibility for the protection and promotion of human rights lies with our States. We must all ensure that restrictions related to COVID-19 do not exacerbate rights violations,” Iohannis assessed in his national speech delivered at the UN GA.

The Romanian President stressed that Romania stays firmly committed to promoting and protecting the human rights at world level.

“My country promotes the imperative of combating discrimination and hate-speech, including anti-Semitism. We have adopted this year the first Romanian National Strategy for preventing and combating anti-Semitism, xenophobia, radicalisation and hate speech. Romania will continue to work towards these objectives, including by pursuing a mandate to the Human Rights Council for the term 2023 – 2025,” Iohannis highlighted.

President Iohannis  is leading Tuesday through Thursday a delegation of Romania at the UN GA 76th highest-level segment unfolding in New York City.

 

Vaccination against COVID-19 will have to become mandatory for certain categories in key areas

 

The Head of State also said on Tuesday that vaccination against COVID-19 will have to become mandatory for certain categories in key areas, as the pandemic develops and the number of infections is increasing, with medical staff as an example.

“It is not normal for some doctors to give anti-vaccine messages,” Iohannis said in a conversation with reporters accompanying him to the UN General Assembly in New York.

Regarding the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, he showed that these will be differentiated between vaccinated and unvaccinated people. In this context, the head of state said that the vaccination certificate is the solution for fewer restrictions.

 

Compiled from reports of Agerpres correspondent in New York

Photo: www.presidency.ro

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