On September 16, GSL Research Fellow Roojin Habibi, together with co-authors and partners from the Global Health Law Consortium published an article in BMJ Global, which discusses the interconnectedness between human rights and governments’ responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the article, the authors allege that while governments have implemented harsh regulatory measures to try to curb the spread of COVID-19, such as closed schools, workplaces and transit systems, cancelled public gatherings, mandatory home confinement and large-scale electronic surveillance, they haven’t really addressed the human rights violations that such measures create.
Sekalala et al. propose that the norms and principles of human rights should guide government responses to COVID-19, with these rights strengthening the public health response to COVID-19.
Read the full article here.