UNDRR Asia-Pacific COVID-19 Brief: The Human Rights Dimensions of the COVID-19 Pandemic   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Overview: "The COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic is a global public health emergency on a scale not seen for a century. In responding to the crisis, countries have imposed emergency and security measures to control the spread of the disease. Human rights law recognizes that national emergencies may require limits to be placed on the exercise of certain human rights. However, these measures must be enacted in a proportional and non-discriminatory manner, and should be in place for a limited duration of time in order to effectively respond to the public health emergency. Emergency measures can contain vaguely worded provisions and have the potential to restrict the rights to information, privacy, freedoms of movement, expression, association and peaceful assembly. [...] The COVID-19 pandemic is a public health crisis that has become an economic and social crisis as well as a protection and human rights crisis. This brief highlights some of the most critical and longstanding human rights challenges that have been exacerbated by the onset of the crisis and offers countries advice and recommendations to address them to ensure that dignity and resilience is afforded to all."

2020 United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
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