Racial Discrimination in the Context of the COVID-19 Crisis   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Document: "The COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] crisis and its impacts are disproportionately affecting certain marginalised racial, national or ethnic communities and population groups. The pandemic has highlighted and exposed underlying structural inequalities and fundamental problems in various areas of social, economic, civil and political life, and exacerbating racism and racial discrimination, which exist in many parts of the world. In addition to the devastating health consequences of COVID-19 for people of African descent and certain national or ethnic minorities, there has been a significant increase in racial verbal abuse, harassment and violence in public spaces, particularly targeting people of Asian descent in the context of the current crisis. [...] As governments around the world begin to re-open public life and ease restrictions and quarantines, a broad range of human rights issues and concerns are arising, which could lead to further racial discrimination or adverse impacts on racial or ethnic communities and groups. These frontier issues include vaccination development, testing access and protocols; data collection and retention; 'immunity passports'; surveillance and tracking tools; discriminatory treatment of survivors of the virus; and immigration policy and border control management. There are also growing concerns about economic livelihood and continued marginalisation of persons belonging to racial and ethnic groups and communities in the spheres of employment, health, education, and housing. In order to effectively document and address manifestations of racial discrimination, there is an urgent need to ensure disaggregated data collection, in accordance with human rights norms, both during and after the COVID-19 crisis"

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