The RightON web chat series will be back in September

by the URG team Blog, Blog, News, Press, URG News

The web chat on  Business, the Economy, and Livelihoods in a COVID-19 World  marked the last  ‘Right On’  online event before the summer break. The series will resume in September, at the pace of one online event per month. ‘While the series was originally developed to keep the human rights discussion going during the COVID-19 crisis, we decided – due to its success and the fact that it allowed us to …

Human Rights and COVID-19: ‘Build Back Better’

by Steven L. B. Jensen Senior Researcher at the Danish Institute for Human Rights Asuntos contemporáneos y emergentes, Blog, Blog, By invitation

We are living in times that call for leadership of the responsible and visionary kind. Such leadership is visible in a number of states and the citizens living there are in a better situation because of it. We are also witnessing distinct examples of the opposite. Here, we see that populations are suffering much more than necessary as political leaders …

Business and human rights: ‘building back better’ from COVID-19

by Cathy Sun, Universal Rights Group Asuntos contemporáneos y emergentes, Blog, Blog

As the ongoing COVID-19 crisis lays bare deep socioeconomic divisions that plague even some of the wealthiest States around the world, the crucial role that businesses have in ensuring the enjoyment of human rights by all is brought into ever stronger focus. While governments have struggled with the balancing act of enacting restrictive emergency measures to contain the spread of …

Protecting the rights of older persons during the COVID-19 pandemic

by Alfonso Barragues, Deputy Director, UNFPA Liaison Office in Geneva Blog, Blog, By invitation, Más allá del Consejo

As UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has pointed out, the COVID-19 pandemic is one of the most dangerous challenges the world has faced in our lifetime. It is a human crisis with severe health and economic consequences. That is particularly the case for older persons who face a higher mortality risk, with those over 80 years old dying at five times …

Contact Tracing and challenges to privacy

by Dr. Jonathan Andrew, Research Fellow, Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Asuntos contemporáneos y emergentes, Blog, Blog, By invitation, Más allá del Consejo

The RightOn webinar earlier this week brought together experts to discuss the use of technologies to facilitate contact tracing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and asked whether such approaches represented a risk to the right to privacy. A diverse range of perspectives on human rights law – including those of civil society, computer science, academia and the telecommunications industry – informed …

Guterres insta a los gobiernos a poner los derechos humanos en primer lugar en sus respuestas al COVID-19

by Marc Limon, Executive Director of the Universal Rights Group Asuntos contemporáneos y emergentes, Blog, Blog, Más allá del Consejo

A finales de abril, el Secretario General de la ONU, Antonio Guterres, lanzó un nuevo y relevante informe en el que pedía que se coloquen los derechos humanos en primer lugar en la conducción de la respuesta de la comunidad internacional a y a la recuperación de la pandemia de COVID-19. El informe, titulado “Todos estamos juntos en eso: los derechos humanos y la …

Derechos humanos y democracia: ¿una relación en dificultades?

by Dr. Andrew Fagan, Director, University of Essex, Human Rights Centre Blog, Blog, By invitation

El seminario web Right On del último miércoles consistió en un análisis de expertos sobre la democracia y el Estado de Derecho en el contexto de la pandemia de COVID-19. Hacia el final de una discusión muy atractiva, se invitó a la audiencia a participar en una encuesta. Introducida como una pregunta del “abogado del diablo”, se les preguntó: ¿son los regímenes …