The Covid-19 pandemic and Fundamental Rights

The Human Rights Centre (HRC) has launched a thematic website on the coronavirus pandemic and its impacts on fundamental and human rights.

On the website, you can find links and materials on such matters as the decision-making of authorities, legislative amendments, fundamental rights and the possibilities of restricting them. 

The website also contains information on the rights of the elderly and persons with disabilities as well as links to general information in finnish sign language, easy language and Sámi languages.

To the website


CoE – The Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages has published a new mid-term report

The rights of the Swedish speaking people should be ensured in the health and social services reform, long-term funding for promoting the Sámi languages should be provided and teaching in and/or of Romani should be developed

UN; Reviews of Finland’s periodic reports on the implementation of international human rights covenants in 2021

COVID-19 pandemic to delay the review of Finland’s periodic reports by UN committees

Human Rights Centre Expert Leena Leikas appointed to FRA Management Board

Leena Leikas, an Expert at the Human Rights Centre, has been appointed to the Management Board of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) as an alternate member for 2020–2025. Tuomas Ojanen, Professor of Constitutional Law and member of the Human Rights Centre’s Human Rights Delegation, was appointed to the Management Board as the Finnish member.

Statements and Submissions

HRC submits its report to UN Committee against Torture

Submission is the first part of the simplified reporting procedure on the implementation of the Convention against Torture.

HRC submitted report the implementation of the Istanbul Convention

The HRC submitted its report to the GREVIO on the implementation of the CoE Istanbul Convention