EULEX presents report on impact of COVID-19 on the rule of law

The European Union Rule of Law Mission (EULEX) presented today the findings of a special report focusing on the impact of COVID-19 on the rule of law in Kosovo.

The report found that the justice system has generally adapted to the pandemic situation but has faced shortcomings in several instances concerning maintaining social distancing inside courtrooms. 

“The COVID-19 pandemic presented an unprecedented set of challenges for rule-of-law institutions around the world, including in Kosovo. Many of the constraints resulting from the pandemic continue to affect the functioning of rule-of-law institutions and are part of the new reality authorities in Kosovo and elsewhere have to respond to in both the short and long term. While institutions must always seek to guarantee the right to life and the right to health, at the same time they also need to balance the impact of restrictive measures on other human rights and the rule of law overall,” the report states in its executive summary.

Head of EULEX Lars-Gunnar Wigemark said he was impressed with the work of Kosovo institutions and society in managing the COVID-19 pandemic. He also highlighted the increased number of domestic violence during the lockdown period for which he said a special report will be compiled.