After the outbreak of the pandemic we move to a new era. COVID-19 beyond the economic implications tested fundamental human rights and freedoms. The quarantine measures imposed to tackle the coronavirus and with about half the human population in voluntary or consensual home confinement are an unprecedented event that marks human history and creates new data on the nature and functioning of democratic institutions..
The health crisis is being transformed into a crisis of democracy. Implementation of emergency measures and restrictions, the reduction of institutional functions and parliamentary procedures, the restriction of personal freedoms, challenging individual rights and strengthening repression mechanisms, test the limits and endurance of the rule of law.
The enjoyment of important Human Rights, such as freedom of movement shrink and jeopardize many other rights such as the right of access to social goods.
The suspension or limited functioning of parliaments, strengthening the extraordinary powers of the executive, the suspension of the courts, the ban on travel and gatherings are phenomena that are not specific, under normal conditions at least, in democratic regimes, however, adopted with the consent of citizens in almost all countries facing the pandemic.
The EU has also seen cases where governments have used the health crisis as an opportunity to circumvent the constitutional legitimacy and democratic functioning of the regime..
In our country, these phenomena are intensified by the imposed government policies and our country is becoming a laboratory for the birth of a new authoritarianism.. Not only through its traditional investment in state violence and repression but also through total information control and total opacity in government spending.
In our event we explore a series of torturous questions that are threatening at this time:
- What are the areas of intensity highlighted by the pandemic experience?;
- How the institutional and democratic deficit in the EU and our country was reflected during the crisis;
- Is the protection of public health and democratic institutions and rights incompatible?;
- There is a danger of an authoritarian turn of Greek society and European societies the day after the pandemic;
- The pandemic should affect the prevailing perceptions of the constitution and restrict democratic rights and freedoms;
- All citizens have access to basic social goods, such as health, education, the energy, food and shelter, or the intensity of pandemic exclusions widens pre-existing inequalities;
- The health crisis was an opportunity for the development of authoritarian policies in our country and the escalation of state violence;
- What are the institutional and political resistances we need to develop?;
Their online event SYRIZA Member Organizations Progressive Alliance of Eordea to be held on Wednesday 13/1/2021 at 19:00pm, on the subject:
"Democratic rights and freedoms in the pandemic era"
- Nikos Voutsis, Member of the General Assembly SYRIZA and Member of Parliament SYRIZA PS.
- Nikos Bistis, member of the Political Council SYRIZA PS
- Dimitris Christopoulos, Professor in the Department of Political Science & History of Panteion University
They intervene in the event:
- Calliope Vetta, Member of Parliament for SYRIZA Progressive Alliance of the Kozani Regional Government
- Ifigenia Kamtsidou, Professor of Constitutional Law, AUTh
- Danae Koltsida Director of the Institute Nikos Poulantzas
- Tsartsianidis Panagiotis Journalist
The event is coordinated by Tasos Politidis member of KE SYRIZA Progressive Alliance.
The event will be broadcast live from facebook page of SYRIZA - Progressive Alliance EORDEA and from kozani.tv