Thursday, October 15, 2020

Human Rights, Health, and COVID-19: Exploring the Connections

4:00 PM to 5:30 PM


A panel event sponsored by the Donia Human Rights Center and Center for Global Health Equity

COVID-19 has had a devastating effect on individuals' human rights around the world. These impacts range from worsening enjoyment of economic and social rights to governmental reactions that violate political rights. The disproportionate rates of infection, deaths, and other adverse social and health impacts among historically oppressed groups in many countries highlight structural inequities and failures of states’ to protect the rights to life and health. States' approaches to the epidemic often reflect their own approaches to human rights. This panel of distinguished experts on global health and human rights will explore the impact of the pandemic on human rights, as well as the connections between a country's human rights practices - including its practices on the right to health - and its response to the pandemic. Panelists will seek to shed light on how global health and human rights policy can best work together to protect both human rights and health during the current crisis and going forward.