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Addressing Human Rights as Key to the COVID-19 Response

2020

Addressing Human Rights as Key to the COVID-19 Response

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The World Health Organization (WHO) Director General’s recent remarks on COVID-19 emphasized that “All countries must strike a fine balance between protecting health, minimizing economic and social disruption, and respecting human rights”. Human rights frameworks provide a crucial structure that can strengthen the effectiveness of global efforts to address the pandemic. The current COVID-19 outbreak has been described as a pandemic. The global and national COVID-19 responses have presented unique and rapidly-shifting challenges to the promotion and protection of health and of human rights of people around the world. As countries identify ways to address COVID-19, integrating human rights protections and guarantees into our shared responses is not only a moral imperative, it is essential to successfully addressing public health concerns.

World Health Organization. (2020, April 21). Addressing Human Rights as Key to the COVID-19 Response. Retrieved from https://www.who.int/publications-detail/addressing-human-rights-as-key-to-the-covid-19-response

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