Monitoring and holding to account
The New Zealand Human Rights Commission, in a statement released on 26 March, has announced that on behalf of all individuals and communities, the Commission will ensure that new powers, and the exercise of existing powers, are subject to proper safeguards and review. Our job is to check that quarantine, deportations and similar measures are fair, just and proportionate, the Commission stressed, and to hold government accountable across the whole spectrum of human rights, including the right to effective healthcare and protection, and the right to a dignified life.
The National Human Rights Commission of Nepal together with civil society organizations set up a network to monitor human rights during COVID-19 outbreak. Monitoring areas include government responses to COVID-19, management of treatments and medicines, the human rights situation of vulnerable groups, freedom of expression, and justice delivery. A monitoring check list and internal working procedures are publicly available.