Indigenous Peoples Living in Voluntary Isolation During COVID
13 Pages Posted: 28 Oct 2020 Last revised: 12 Feb 2021
Date Written: October 27, 2020
During the global pandemic, people around the world are at risk of serious illness and death from contact and proximity to other people. But Indigenous peoples, particularly those in voluntary isolation, have always faced that risk. International organizations have relied on the right to self-determination as the primary legal grounds to justify the principle of no-contact for Indigenous peoples living in voluntary isolation. This Essay argues that the right to life and right to health when properly contextualized are stronger bases to push states to prevent outsiders from contacting people living in voluntary isolation.
Keywords: Pandemic, Global, COVID, Indigenous People, right to life, right to health, voluntary isolation
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