Coronavirus, Human rights

Watch Now: The Coronavirus Pandemic and Human Rights with Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein

March 31, 2020
By Perry World House

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is spreading around the world, and has brought with it unprecedented restrictions on the personal freedom of millions. Even democratic countries are imposing wide-ranging constraints on their populations, with many people only able to leave the house for groceries and exercise. Crises like this have been used by governments in the past to tighten control over their people, so how do we ensure that the pandemic does not become a cover for curtailing or violating human rights?

In this virtual event, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and Perry World House Professor of Practice of Law and Human Rights, spoke with Michael Horowitz, Perry World House Interim Director and Professor of Political Science, about the importance of centering human rights at a time of pandemic, and the continuing need for accountability from governments worldwide. You can watch a video of this conversation below. 

Please note that due to some technical difficulties, the first few minutes of this event recording are not available.

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