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PROTECTING HUMAN RIGHTS IN TIMES OF COVID-19

A brief overview of statements and recommendations by the UN human rights mechanisms

The International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) has documented and compiled the following existing public statements issues by the UN human rights mechanisms and experts, to assist and support our partners in guaranteeing human rights protection and monitoring human rights-compliance of governments’ action in addressing the COVID-19 outbreak.

You can find a landing page for these recommendations in the ISHR website or by clicking here. Both this document and the webpage will be regularly updated with the most recent statements.

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has created a landing page (access here) for the different statements issued by the Special Procedures experts, the Treaty Bodies committees, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, or the Office itself. We have prepared a summary of the key concerns and recommendations raised in these statements

Some of the resources below also exist in several or all other UN official languages, including in Spanish, French, Arabic, Chinese or Russian. The translations are regularly updated, please check regularly here.

CIHRS

HRW

International Commission of Jurists (ICJ)

Protection International 

European Commission Coronavirus Response

European Parliament

Council of Europe web portal

CoE Commissioner for Human Rights

FRA

OECD

African Union Covid-19

WHO Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Pandemic