Justice must be an essential part of the COVID-19 response and recovery
The recently published Taskforce for Justice report Justice for All and the Public Health Emergency sounds the alarm over the human rights crisis posed by the coronavirus pandemic. Hina Jilani, as co-chair on the Taskforce for Justice, provides a foreword for this report, reflecting The Elders’ focus on access to justice and their concern that COVID-19 is widening the justice gap. The Elders echo the report’s call for an effective justice response ensuring that emergency measures are enforced fairly, all groups are protected from violence, and future disease containment phases are considered in line with human rights standards. Click here for more details.
More Civil-Rights Lawyers Are Needed to Fight Racial-Justice Battles. Philanthropy Can Help.
On the surface, little seems to have changed since George Floyd’s murder ignited massive racial-justice protests last year. Police violence against Black and brown people remains a near daily occurrence. Legislative efforts to suppress voter turnout and disenfranchise people of color have grown in number and intensity. And policy makers and school boards are restricting teachers’ ability to discuss our nation’s legacy of slavery and systemic racism. Click here for more details.
il society’s brave role in exposing pandemic corruption — and the price it pays
As reported previously, from the outset the fight against Covid-19 has been characterised by fraud and bribery, particularly associated with procurement of essential medicines and personal protective equipment (PPE). Contracts to distribute items such as masks, gloves and medical visors have been abused by companies allegedly connected with people in power or positions in health departments. Click here for more details.
How lockdown could affect South Africa’s children with special needs
The coronavirus pandemic has placed the education of hundreds of millions of children across the world on hold indefinitely. In South Africa, schools have been shut down in the national lockdown, placing many children at risk of losing out on learning time. Particularly at risk are children with special educational needs and disabilities, who have various difficulties. These include physical, behavioural and learning difficulties. Click here for more details.
COVID-19 Could Condemn Women To Decades of Poverty: Implications of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Women's and Girls' Economic Justice and Rights
The majority of women around the world work in low-paid positions, the informal economy, or in agriculture jobs with few protections. These are the sectors that are being worst hit by the economic impacts of COVID-19, and as the crisis drags on and worsens across the Global South, millions will be left without work, and in poverty. Click here for more details.
Coronavirus has exposed human rights gaps. We need to fix this
  • The COVID-19 crisis is the perfect pretext for some political leaders to advance narrow interests, brushing aside long-held principles of human rights, democracy and the rule of law in the name of emergency.
  • Promoting human rights now will help societies emerge more resilient from this pandemic.
  • Individuals need to know their rights and hold their governments to account on their commitments to international treaties, UN resolutions and public statements.
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Why human rights are central to COVID-19
As Coronavirus (COVID-19) has spread to all corners of the globe, governments have taken a range of actions to slow the spread including mandatory self-quarantining, limiting public gatherings, and closing non-essential businesses. UN officials, agencies, independent watchdogs, and the diplomatic community have made clear that for public health responses to be effective, they must protect human rights and dignity. Click here for more details.
• In a new report, the UN warns of “aggressive cyber-policing and increased online surveillance” during COVID-19 lockdowns. • 57 nations have closed their borders, making no exceptions for people seeking asylum; there are also increased reports of domestic abuse across the globe. • The UN calls for richer countries to help poorer ones overcome the disease to lessen the need for punitive lockdowns. “A human crisis that is fast becoming a human rights crisis.” That’s how United Nations Secretary General António Guterres, describes the response of many governments to the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here for more details.