COVID-19: NHRIs Respond

22 April 2020

National Human Rights Institutions throughout the Commonwealth are monitoring and responding to measures imposed by States to combat COVID-19, and highlighting amongst other issues a lack of sufficient measures to protect the rights of women, children, older people and people with disabilities.

Some NHRIs have raised specific concerns about the use of force to restrict liberty and movement, intimidation of journalists, as well as the treatment of people held in institutions or places of detention. NHRIs have also been putting forward recommendations to their states’ governments, to ensure the commitments to human rights are maintained during the COVID-19 pandemic.

You can find more information about NHRI responses below.

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