GC Human Rights Preparedness

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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COVID-19 recovery: A possible turning point for operationally linking science and human rights

Science and human rights are intrinsically connected yet this link has not been fully integrated into COVID-19 responses. Translating normative consensus into practice will require targeted advocacy, appropriate operational guidance and strengthened UN coordination, notably in implementing science-related SDGs.

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Market dynamism and challenges to universality: negotiating unequal access to benefit from scientific progress

There has been normative clarification of the right to enjoy the benefits of scientific progress and its applications. However certain aspects of the right remain poorly defined and present challenges, notably in relation to the corporate, profit-driven orientation of contemporary scientific innovation.

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Kenyan Evictions Violate Human Rights and the Rule of Law

The Kenyan government’s recent evictions in Kariobangi, Nairobi, contravened a court order and the constitution, as well as breaching international human rights law and causing additional hardship to poverty-stricken citizens already adversely impacted by COVID-19.

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COVID-19 and the Right to Science: ‘Opportunity born of tragedy’

The authoritative interpretation of the right to science coincided with the global descent into a pandemic. From the social fissures and injustices laid bare by the pandemic arises an opportunity to use the right to science to respond and rebuild.

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A Very Short Introduction to General Comment No. 25 on science and economic, social and cultural rights

Mikel Mancisidor, a member of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, introduces the Committee’s guidance on science and economic, social and cultural rights.

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