Human rights dimensions of COVID-19 responses

National human rights institutions (NHRIs) continue working to ensure human rights are observed and respected during the COVID-19 pandemic

Advice to governements

Advice to governements

Many NHRIs are offering advice to governments on how to respond to the crisis whilst protecting human rights.

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Addressing the rights of groups in focus

Addressing the rights of groups in focus

NHRIs are also highlighting the importance of applying specific and targeted measures to most vulnerable groups in society, and some are closely monitoring the situation of groups at risk such as older people, women, children, people living in poverty, among others.

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Monitoring places of deprivation of liberty

Monitoring places of deprivation of liberty

As people deprived of their liberty are more likely to be infected by this novel coronavirus, NHRIs have enhanced their role of monitoring detention facilities.

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Monitoring and holding to account

Monitoring and holding to account

In these particular circumstances, NHRIs are continuing their important role of monitoring the implementation of human rights obligations from their States and holding governments to account when violations occur.

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Sharing information with rights holders

Sharing information with rights holders

Many NHRIs have been sharing information with rights holders about their rights.

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Ensuring accessibility during lockdown

Ensuring accessibility during lockdown

Because of the crisis, many NHRIs have had to close their offices to comply with health and sanitary regulations in their countries. Physical access to their facilities has thus been limited. Many NHRIs are using their webpages and social media, to ensure accessibility and communications flows with rights holders.

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Training and capacity building

Training and capacity building

Some NHRIs have been sharing free educational tools and online seminars to inform the public about their rights.

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15 May 2020