As countries scramble to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, the world is seeing a massive roll-out of lockdowns, quarantines, and military and police deployments unlike anything we have experienced before. What does this mean for human rights – especially for people who were already marginalised and struggling to survive? Will populist and authoritarian rulers use the crisis as an excuse to expand surveillance, shutting down criticism in ways that threaten privacy, autonomy and accountability? A panel of leading experts on human rights from China, Kenya, the World Health Organization and UNAIDS explore these questions, and how the UN and civil society are responding to them.
- Allan Maleche, Executive Director of Kenya Legal and Ethical Issues Network on HIV and AIDS
- Shen Tingting, HIV/AIDS and Human Rights Advocate
- Emily Christie, Senior Advisor on Human Rights and Law, UNAIDS
- Rajat Khosla, Human Rights Advisor, Department of Reproductive Health Research, WHO
- Moderated by Meg Davis, Special Advisor, Strategy and Partnerships, Global Health Centre