Rights and Obligations during COVID-19: A Look at Selected UN Statements
10 Pages Posted: 1 Jul 2020
Date Written: May 15, 2020
In April 2020, the UN Office of the Commissioner of Human Rights & the Committee under ICESCR [International Covenant on Economic, Social, Cultural Rights] issued general and special statements addressing the challenges being faced by individuals & States in light of the prevailing global health crisis.
The statements highlight the key human rights principles and standards applicable in light of COVID 19. At the same time, developments around the world open up for scrutiny questions on the current status of human rights and responsibilities. Several themes have become critical including the powers of states to declare emergency, the limitations on human rights derogations, and the scope and applicability of rights including right to scientific information.
Keywords: human rights obligations, vulnerable groups, COVID-19, derogable rights
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