Coronavirus and the Resurgence of Sinophobia

24 Pages Posted: 4 Aug 2020

Date Written: July 22, 2020


With the outbreak of the coronavirus, the world has witnessed an increase in anti-Chinese sentiment, resulting from racially discriminatory policies undertaken by state governments to combat the spread of disease. States must nonetheless recall that the right to non-discrimination is a non-derogable right, one that is protected even in times of heightened anxiety. States must not impose restrictions that would contribute to the ongoing xenophobia, which is in blatant violation of human rights. Accordingly, this paper will explore and analyze the various government responses that have been undertaken in response to the coronavirus infection and will conclude with recommendations on how best to ensure compliance with the human rights framework during this time.

Keywords: Coronavirus, international human rights law, human rights, discrimination, international law

JEL Classification: K33

Suggested Citation

Albader, Fatemah, Coronavirus and the Resurgence of Sinophobia (July 22, 2020). Tsinghua China Law Review, Vol. 12, No. 2, 289 (2020), Available at SSRN:

Fatemah Albader (Contact Author)

Kuwait International Law School ( email )

Block 4, Building 800005
Doha City, Jahra 93151

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