Concerned about how human rights may be affected by the coronavirus crisis, the United Nations calls for countries to address the pandemic with a more cooperative, global and human rights-based approach. Secretary-General António Guterres has described this pandemic as ” a human crisis “.
Since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, United Nations human rights officials and independent experts appointed by the UN have stressed the importance of protecting the rights of individuals.
In an informal statement to the Human Rights Council on April 9, Michelle Bachelet, High Commissioner for Human Rights, called for urgent and detailed measures to prevent COVID-19 from creating.
Bachelet stated that many countries, particularly in Europe, have taken unprecedented measures to protect workers’ rights and minimize the number of unemployed as a result of the crisis.
He also noted that last week the African Development Bank issued the world’s most ambitious social bond – a $ 3 billion fund – to help African governments expand access to healthcare and other essential goods and services.
He stated that his Office is developing a series of good economic and social practices, used by many countries around the world – many of them developing countries – and that they will present them to the members of the Human Rights Council. Your Office will also work to integrate human rights into the UN’s economic and social programs.
These are some of the opinions of UN human rights experts regarding the response to COVID-19.
“All of us, without exception, have the right to interventions that save our lives. This responsibility falls on the government. The scarcity of resources or the use of public or private insurance plans should never justify discrimination against certain groups of patients. We all have the right to health ”—joint statement by UN human rights experts.
The home can be a place of fear and abuse for many women and children. The situation worsens considerably in isolation cases such as the quarantines imposed during the pandemic. All states must take action to combat COVID-19, but they must not leave behind women and children who experience domestic violence ”—Dubravka Simonovic, Special Rapporteur on violence against women.
“All of us, without exception, have the right to interventions that save our lives. This responsibility falls on the government. The scarcity of resources or the use of public or private insurance plans should never justify discrimination against certain groups of patients. We all have the right to health ”.
“The reports of abandoned elderly people or of corpses found in residences are alarming. It is unacceptable. We all have an obligation to practice solidarity and protect older people in this situation. ” –Rosa Kornfeld-Matte, UN Independent Expert on Human Rights for Older Persons.
“Internally displaced persons suffer a higher risk of exposure to COVID-19 due to their limited access to health, running water, sanitation, food and decent housing. They are also frequently discriminated against. Those in camps or shelters often live in overcrowding, and emergency shelters are not physically or structurally prepared to mitigate transmission of COVID-19. Governments must ensure that all internally displaced persons have access to running water, sanitation, personal hygiene facilities, decent housing and food ”—Cecilia Jimenez-Damary, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons.
There are reports of physical violence suffered by Chinese and Asian people; hate speech that blames minorities, such as Roma and Hispanics, for spreading the virus; and from politicians who ask that immigrants not be allowed access to medical services. Everything shows that states must urgently emphasize that the human rights of all, particularly the most vulnerable and marginalized, must be protected. ” –Fernand de Varennes, United Nations Special Rapporteur for Minorities.