The global spread of the virus unlashed everywhere measures of exception to contain the virus and limit the damage for the economy.
Where are the human rights concerns, in particular for the laws of exception, the respect of fundamental rights and the social impact for the most vulnerable ? Many public statements have been issued by human rights officials and bodies.
High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet called on countries and businesses to safeguard human rights as the virus spreads.
The Chairpersons of the UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies called on the States to adopt a human rights approach in fighting Covid-19.
The UN Special Rapporteurs declared that the States should not abuse emergency measures to suppress human rights. Experts on Freedom of expression reminded that governments must promote and protect access to and free flow of information during the pandemic.
In presenting its new report, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) called for swift policy action, strong leadership to save millions of jobs, and avert the worst.
The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) appealed to treat migrants with dignity and respect during the pandemic.
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