Thursday, 2 July 2020

Covid-19 is turning into a ‘human rights crisis’: Antonio Guterres

Updated: April 23, 2020 2:55 pm

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres today said  that the Corona virus pandemic is a human crisis that is fast becoming a human rights crisis.

In a video message, the U N Chief said, there is discrimination in the delivery of public services to tackle COVID-19 and there are structural inequalities that impede access to them.

Mr Guterres said, the pandemic has also seen disproportionate effects on certain communities, the rise of hate speech, the targeting of vulnerable groups and the risks of heavy-handed security responses undermining the health response. He warned that with rising ethno-nationalism, populism, authoritarianism and a push back against human rights in some countries, the crisis can provide a pretext to adopt repressive measures for purposes unrelated to the pandemic.

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