Human Rights and Coronavirus: What’s at Stake for Truth, Trust, and Democracy?

Health and Human Rights
Volume 21, Issue 2, December 2019
https://www.hhrjournal.org/volume-21-issue-2-december-2019/

 

Viewpoints
Human Rights and Coronavirus: What’s at Stake for Truth, Trust, and Democracy?
Alicia Ely Yamin and Roojin Habibi
2 March 2020
Although World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus has called for solidarity, not stigma, it is notable that to date WHO has not issued any substantive guidance on how countries can take public health measures that achieve health protection while respecting human rights.[2] Amid growing public fears, confusion, and misinformation, as well as government reactions that may fuel rather than mitigate intolerance, discrimination and exclusion, it is critical to set out some key human rights principles and the guidance they provide.[3]