GC Human Rights Preparedness

Enforced Disappearance, Conflict Textiles and Human Rights ‘From Below’

The perpetration of disappearances is a crisis which has worsened in the context of COVID-19. Conflict textiles are embroidered pieces of fabric which depict disappearances and other forms of violence, and are created to highlight and condemn these acts. They are a form of activism ‘from below’ that respond to human rights violations.

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COVID-19: Safeguarding Rights of Individuals Against Normalisation of Emergency Measures

International human rights law is geared toward protecting rights of individuals. COVID-19, however, necessitated widespread restrictions placing the common good above personal liberties. Such derogations should be explicit, clearly defined and limited to safeguard against creeping normalisation of exceptional provisions.

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The Role of Freedom of Religion or Belief in Tackling the COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID-related restrictions have unduly impacted freedom of religion or belief of individuals and communities globally, while religious minorities have suffered disproportionately during the pandemic. However, faith communities can play an important role in overcoming this crisis and future ones.

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Emergency Measures, Human Rights and the Rule of Law in Face of COVID-19

Apart from being a public health emergency, the COVID-19 pandemic is also a global crisis of public law and human rights. Emergency measures introduced in many countries pose concerns from the perspective of constitutional and international law.

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Ugandan COVID-19 Response Exacerbates Violation of Sex Workers’ Socio-Economic Rights

Criminalisation of sex work in Uganda has increased violence against sex workers and left them vulnerable to violation of their socio-economic rights to work, food, housing and health services during the enforcement of public health measures to counter the spread of COVID-19.

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COVID-19: African Countries Need Internet Access Now

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted barriers to Internet access in Africa. Overcoming these barriers requires more attention to human rights-based approaches and creative collaborations.

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From COVID-19 to climate change: Are there lessons for a human rights approach?

The COVID-19 pandemic and climate change are two global crises with similarities that are significant from a human rights perspective.

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