GC Human Rights Preparedness

The COVID-19 Crisis and International Assistance

The rules that govern international assistance in emergency situations are found in two different legal orders: international humanitarian law and human rights law. This post examines developments concerning the latter.

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COVID-19, ESC Rights and Societal Resilience

It is becoming increasingly clear that the COVID-19 pandemic is both a consequence and cause of deepening social inequalities. An effective human rights-based response requires us to firmly prioritise the realisation of economic, social and cultural (ESC) rights and to envisage global solidarity mechanisms that will render this possible.

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Human Rights Preparedness of African States for the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

A number of human rights issues have emerged regarding how African states went about declaring states of emergency and implementing emergency measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Responding to COVID-19: The Extraterritorial Human Rights Obligations Perspective

Do states have human rights obligations beyond borders to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic? This post argues that states have extraterritorial obligations grounded in international human rights law to respond to a pandemic.

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Fulfilling Urban Poor Women’s Rights During COVID-19: The Case of Indonesia

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit urban poor women severely, including in Indonesia. The state as a duty-bearer with respect to human rights has struggled to assist them; more specifically, the state’s efforts in curbing the pandemic have not reached them.

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Sunlight Is the Best Disinfectant: Press Freedom, Pandemics and Why Journalism Is in Dire Need of Support

Neither sunlight nor disinfectant will cure COVID-19 (even if Donald Trump seems to think the opposite).

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Rights of LGBTIQ+ Persons in Africa During COVID-19

Since the new wave of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in December 2019, many states around the world have taken drastic steps including lockdowns and quarantine to ensure minimal spread of the virus.

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