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COVID-19: Human Rights Now More Than Ever

As the entire world calls for social distancing to combat this unprecedented crisis, governments now more than ever need to practice inclusion and avoid further marginalisation that can leave certain vulnerable groups at greater risk.

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Infodemic: The virus of misinformation

The Coronavirus pandemic is the first global health emergency to impact everyone. The primary news narrative has followed its spread around the world too however the mutation of that news into misinformation has been as contagious as coronavirus.

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Who are the World’s most Vulnerable?

The Homeless & Impoverished

Homeless people are finding it more difficult to self-isolate and maintain safe surroundings therefore putting themselves and others at risk, while those living in poverty are not able to afford basic preventive goods and services to help protect themselves. Governments and states must ensure that their most basic rights to shelter and health are met.

Migrant Workers

Labour camps are notoriously known for being cramped and lacking basic hygiene and sanitary services, thereby making workers unable to protect themselves against the virus. All countries must ensure all rights of migrant workers are respected and not marginalised in attempt to control the spread of the virus.

Prisoners

Prisons are high risk areas due to their closed proximities, with self-distancing proving to be virtually impossible in many cases. Governments must ensure that all prisoners including unjustly incarcerated journalists and human rights defenders be treated and cared for equally and without discrimination.

Minority Groups

Minorities and indigenous peoples living in conflict areas such as The Rohingyas in Myanmar and the Uyghurs in China, are at risk of being excluded from life-saving humanitarian interventions. Governments have a moral obligation to remain neutral and ensure that all possible aid and healthcare are provided to any minority group leaving no one behind.

Refugees & Internally Displaced People

Overcrowded and unhygienic refugee camps are especially vulnerable to the spread of disease, governments must set aside any anti refugee sentiment and ensure equal distribution of health care services for all refugees and internally displaced people.

Conflict Zones & Developing Countries

From complete lockdowns of cities, ill-equipped hospitals and limited or no access to basic and medical aid, conflict zones and developing countries are of particular concern. In this time of crisis, governments must not exploit this pandemic as an opportunity to seize control of a nation or people for their own political gain.

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