Pacific: Pacific countries must not use COVID-19 to regress on human rights

Human rights must be at the centre of all prevention, preparedness, containment and treatment efforts in response to the virus. However, many of the measures to contain the spread of Covid-19 in the Pacific appear to have been proposed and implemented without full consideration of potential consequences for the enjoyment of all human rights by all, whether those who are infected, at risk, or part of the wider population. States’ obligations include the guarantee of civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights, in accordance with the principle of interdependence and indivisibility of human rights.

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