This week, the delegation of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) participates in the work of the spring plenary session of the PACE via a video bridge. One of the topics on the agenda is the adoption of vaccination certificates and resolving the problems relating to this.
Head of the Estonian delegation to PACE Maria Jufereva-Skuratovski said that, in regard to vaccination certificates, the delegations of Estonia and 15 other countries had initiated a proposal for a resolution to protect the fundamental rights of people. “It is necessary because before the introduction of vaccination certificates we have to find solutions to several fundamental issues. For instance, respect for human rights, freedom of movement, protection of personal data and access to services. Special attention should be devoted to identifying fake certificates in digital environment,” she explained.
Member of the Delegation Urmas Reitelmann said that at the moment there was no information on the format of the vaccination certificates. “Vaccination certificates will certainly cause unequal treatment of people as some are vaccinated and others are not. And the latter may not have any fault in their situation,” he added.
Besides that, Reitelmann also sees potential threats on the technological side. “If it is an electronic passport or a so-called “corona application”, it may give the state and global technology giants, like Google or Apple, the possibility to observe citizens or groups of individuals in real time, and this may pose a threat to human rights and privacy,” he said.
On Tuesday, Chair of the Committee of Ministers Angela Merkel will address PACE, and in the debate following that, Jufereva-Skuratovski wishes to discuss conflicts between the member states of the Council of Europe.
In Tuesday evening, member of the Estonian Delegation Raimond Kaljulaid will speak of the role of OECD in fighting fiscal injustice and taxation of digital economy.
On Wednesday, member of the Delegation Vilja Toomast will take the floor in the debate on requesting international investigation of human rights violations in Belarus.
Besides Jufereva-Skuratovski, Toomast and Kaljulaid, members of the Estonian Delegation Eerik-Niiles Kross and Raivo Tamm will also attend the video meetings.
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