Human Rights


NEW: Sunset Clauses in historical and contemporary usage – Sean Molloy, Prospect Magazine

NEW: Human Rights in Africa in the Context of Covid-19 – Sean Molloy, I-CONnect

NEW: Why Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism Law and Practice Is Failing a Human Rights Audit – Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, Just Security
Not directly Covid-19 related, but implicates counter-terrorism strategy which is closely bound up with states of emergency that have seen a rise during the Covid-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 and its human rights dimensions – OHCHR
Collection of OHCHR produced documents relating to Covid-19 and Human Rights, incl. speeches, statements, press releases, and briefings, as e.g. “Housing, the front line defence against the COVID-19 outbreak,” says UN expert and COVID-19: States should not abuse emergency measures to suppress human rights – UN experts.

Press Statement of the African Commission on Human & Peoples’ Rights on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis – ACHPR

We must respect human rights and stand united against the coronavirus pandemic – Commissioner for Human Rights, Council of Europe

Persons with disabilities must not be left behind in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic – Commissioner for Human Rights, Council of Europe

Disability considerations during the COVID-19 outbreak – WHO

Symposium on COVID-19 and International Law – Barrie Sander & Jason Rudall (eds), Opinio Juris
Symposium of over 30 contributions, of which many question whether international law, or its failure, is complicit in the COVID-19 crisis. Others ask how international law can or should respond to the pandemic. Many focus on human rights.

Law in the Time of COVID-19: the Coronavirus Act 2020 – Naina Patel, Blackstone Chambers

Beating Covid-19: The problem with national lockdowns – Martin J. Bull, LSE Blog

Governing global health emergencies: the role of criminalization – Kristin Bergtora Sandvik, Intlawgrrls

Disability, coronavirus and international human rights – Oliver Lewis, Dought Street Chambers

Should Human Rights Matter in a Pandemic? – Leah Bordlee, Journal of Diplomacy

Respecting Human Rights While Protecting Public Health – Jenny Vaughan and Kelly Scott, Business for Social Responsibility

Location Surveillance to Counter COVID-19: Efficacy Is What Matters – Susan Landau, Lawfare Blog

The Corona Virus Bill and Human Rights – Sanchita Hosali, The British Institute of Human Rights

Hungary’s Viktor Orbán now rules by decree in troubling example of how coronavirus fear enables authoritarians to tighten their grip – Umut Korkut, The Conversation

COVID-19 and the European Convention on Human Rights – Kanstantsin Dzehtsiarou, Strasbourg Observers

State of emergency: how different countries are invoking extra powers to stop the coronavirus – Alan Greene, The Conversation

States should declare a State of Emergency using Article 15 ECHR to confront the Coronavirus Pandemic – Alan Greene, Strasbourg Observers

Coronavirus: States Derogating to Suspend Human Rights Obligations – Natasha Holcroft-Emmess, Oxford Human Rights Hub

COVID-19: Finding Comfort in Respecting Rights and Protecting the Most Vulnerable – Natalia Linos, Health and Human Rights Journal

Why Detaining Migrants Amid The Covid-19 Outbreak Is Gambling With Lives – Harvey Slade, Each Other

Rights in a time of quarantine – an extended look by Niall Coghlan – UK Human Rights Blog

Human rights and equality considerations in responding to the coronavirus pandemic – David Isaac, Equality and Human Rights Commission

Coronavirus: the effect on human rights – Amnesty International

Coronavirus: beyond human rights – Koldo Casla, Open Democracy

Part I: Due Diligence and COVID-19: States’ Duties to Prevent and Halt the Coronavirus Outbreak – Antonio Coco and Talita de Souza Dias, EJIL

Pandemics and Human Rights – Doug Rutzen and Nikhil Dutta, Just Security

The Coronavirus Conundrum and Human Rights – Neve Gordon and Catherine Rottenberg, Counterpunch

How is Covid-19 impacting Human Rights? – Lutz Ozette, SOAS Blog

Do the containment measures taken by Italy in relation to COVID-19 comply with human rights law? – Alessandra Spadaro, EJIL Blog

What’s at Stake for Truth, Trust, and Democracy? – Alicia Ely Yamin and Roojin Habibi, Health and Human Rights Journal

Explainer: Seven ways the coronavirus affects human rights – Amnesty International

COVID-19: A Human Rights Checklist – Human Rights Watch