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Introducing Curated #1: Science, Human Rights and Pandemics

Welcome to our first Curated series, which looks at the relationship between science and human rights, with particular reference to COVID-19.

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COVAX, Pandemic Vaccines and Duties of International Assistance Based on Human Rights

What would constitute a first step in a human-rights based approach to the global allocation of pandemic vaccines? One possibility would be to encourage states parties to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights to acknowledge their indirect obligations of participation and diligence.

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A Human Rights-Based Approach to the Next Emergency Depends on Local Preparedness

Human rights crises emerge at the local level. Local governments are now at the forefront of human rights implementation and protection. A human rights-based approach to responding to the inevitable next emergency will depend on the preparedness of local governments.

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Hand Washing in Kenya’s Informal Settlements and the Impact on Prevention of COVID-19

This paper explores the importance of governments, key stakeholders and donors in the WASH sectors working collaboratively towards improving and increasing access to safe water in the informal settlements towards mitigating the risk of transmission of COVID-19.

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The 10th Woman

The word crisis derives from krinomai, an ancient Greek word with meanings such as separating and sorting, but also distinguishing and deciding. A crisis creates a moment of truth and a possible wormhole to the future, to another future. Today, however, we are only acquainted with the negative connotation of this word. And that is unfortunate since a crisis can be so much more than a disaster.

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COVID-19 and Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

In this contribution I would like to take look at the response to the COVID-19 pandemic from the perspective of a UN human rights treaty body, namely the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, which, because of its mandate, has a particular responsibility in this respect.

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Human Rights Community — Preparing for the Next Major Crisis

Eamon Gilmore, the EU Special Representative for Human Rights, welcomes GC Human Rights Preparedness as innovative, important and essential.

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