COVID-19 and its human rights dimensions

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COVID 19 is a test of societies, of governments, of communities and of individuals. Now is the time for solidarity and cooperation to tackle the virus, and to mitigate the effects, often unintended, of measures designed to halt the spread of the virus.



Respect for human rights across the spectrum, including economic and social rights, and civil and political rights, will be fundamental to the success of the public health response.

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COVID-19 is a test to us all
“This pandemic is a test of our principles and shared humanity,” says UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet


We are all in this together
UN Secretary-General António Guterres says that “human rights can and must guide COVID-19 response and recovery.”


Human rights at the heart of the response
“This is a human crisis with human rights dimensions. To address it, we must place people and their rights front and centre,” says UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet


Emergency measures cannot be a blank cheque
As Governments face the formidable challenge of protecting people from COVID-19, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet calls on them to ensure human rights are not violated under the guise of exceptional or emergency measures.


These country-specific infographics identify recommendations by human rights mechanisms that OHCHR assesses as being particularly relevant to respond to the pandemic and its consequences in an inclusive and sustainable way. The production of these infographics is ongoing.

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