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.
Australia - 'Release immigration detainees inline with medical recommendations on COVID-19'
Canada - 'Inequality will be amplified'
Cyprus - Respect for rights of prisoners and people in detention
Great Britain - Impact of COVID-19 on access to justice and food security for people with disabilities
India - Arrangements must be made for people with mental health conditions
Kenya - Concern over violence against the public and intimidation of journalists
Malaysia - Concern over enforcement of the Movement Control order on young people and children
New Zealand - Respect for rights of people in detention
Northern Ireland - Monitoring government powers against human rights standards
Scotland - Government must minimise negative effect of COVID-19 on equality and human rights
South Africa - Partnership with UNICEF to protect child rights | Concern over violence by law enforcement
Zambia - Complaints received over public officials advocating human rights violations