THE STATE OF HUMAN RIGHTS DURING THE PANDEMIC

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We are now currently  mere spectators of a warfare being waged against a micro organism which might Lobotomize everything that we know that holds our species together, which includes, economy, people, culture, and sadly even our basic human rights are at stake. This also might be a Paragon that might go into the history of mankind as Paragon of how our species fought against   this  deadly  novel Corona virus which might change the world that we now see. The enforcement of Covid–19 restrictions have very much disproportionally impacted much of the marginalised communities and certain individuals in society, raising profound challenges with respect to laws of non-discrimination, the right to seek asylum, data protection and the right to an effective remedy and fair trial.

Many of the  countries are driven to take more and more drastic measures to slow down its spread, a number of human rights institutions and experts have been highlighting issues of concern and proposing possible solutions. The COVID-19 pandemic is a public health emergency , it could be even rather more. It is an economic crisis. Our economy at the moment is worst hit , which according to studies have shown that we haven’t experienced anything like it since the Great depression. One in 4 Americans right now is unemployed, if a developed nation like  US have faced with such a cataclysm, then what about lesser economies like India, and other nations, this economic hit is Ubiquitous to every part of the globe and no ones immune from it, so whether we might go back to our primitive stage is yet to be answered. In order to tackle and support socio-economic response and recovery to COVID-19 the UN issued a framework for immediate socio-economic response to COVID-19 (SERF) in April 2020 which sets out the strategy and blueprint for the UN’s urgent socio-economic response to countries and societies in the face of COVID-19. Only a small margin of SERP’s reviewed use recommendations from the UN human rights mechanisms as guideposts for their human rights analysis or consider the guidance they have issued for COVID-19. Thematic advice on the human rights dimensions of the COVID-19 crisis has been swiftly put forward by many special procedure mandate holders and mechanisms of the Human Rights Council bringing practical advice and recommendations on how to support disadvantaged or marginalized groups as well as inclusive policies on many areas including: social protection, inequality and macro-economic policy.

If we take a glimpse at some of the other pandemic and its effects would that of Spanish flu. Spanish flu being one of the deadliest of the pandemic faced recently in the last century might acquaint us with the effects of such a virus that might change the life we once lived. During the time of the Spanish flu there everything ,including the whole notion of human rights was at its neonatal form including airlines and integration of world economies as we see it as of now. So the effect of such a disease were not worst hit in all the parts of the globe but covid at this time of technological advanced situation and globally integrated arena have become a Bane at some point. But by pointing out the disadvantages of globalization as taught by Joseph Stiglitz might not prove anything lucrative at the moment. The only precaution we are forced to take is limitation of such practices which might adversely affect our lives which we were once solely dependent on . As Surfeit of anything right now might not  be a reasonable measure. We must ensure that any emergency measures — including states of emergency — are legal, proportionate, necessary and non-discriminatory, have a specific focus and duration, and take the least intrusive approach possible to protect public health.

More than ever, governments must be transparent, responsive and accountable.  Civic space and press freedom are critical.  Civil society organizations and the private sector have essential roles to play. And in all we do, let’s never forget:  The threat is the virus, not people. The only way to proceed forward by disregarding the injustices happening during the crisis would by respecting human rights in this time of crisis, we will build more effective and inclusive solutions for the emergency of today and the recovery for tomorrow.

Author: Aeron, Christ University

Editor: Kanishka VaishSenior Editor, LexLife India.

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