• DEFENDER

RESPONSES TO COVID-19 AND STATES’ HUMAN RIGHTS OBLIGATIONS

All governments and other actors involved in and affected by the COVID-19 outbreak must ensure that international human rights law and standards are at the centre of all responses to COVID-19, in order to best protect public health and support people who are most at risk of adverse impacts.


Amnesty International published a paper that examines the human rights concerns and challenges that often emerge as states respond to epidemics – with specific reference to state responses to COVID-19 – across different phases of the response, and summarizes states’ human rights obligations and the key human rights laws, standards and principles that must be reflected in these responses.


Table of Contents


Introduction

Preventing People’s Exposure to COVID-19

Quarantines

Travel Bans and Restrictions

Access to Information

Transparency and Censorship Preventive Care

Goods and Services States of Emergency

Access to Care for People

Affected Accessibility and Affordability of Care

Particular and Disproportionate Impact on Certain Groups

Social Security and Workers’ Rights

Preventing Stigma and Discrimination

Protecting Health Workers International Cooperation and Assistance

Long-Term Recovery and Follow Up


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