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CORONAVIRUS: UNITED NATIONS SAYS ‘’NO’’ TO STIGMATIZATION; DISCRIMINATION, & HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES — RELEASES NEW POLICY ON INCLUSIVE RESPONSE – It is a Public Health Emergency – Guterres

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 CYBERCRIME against World Health Organisation is increasing — WHO DG cries out CYBERCRIME – Pay particular attention to children at this critical period – Microsoft’s Country Representative in Nigeria  children There is heavy shelling in Libya, COVID-19pandemic creates ‘perfect storm’ Developing countries crippled by debt; need urgent relief Focus on origin of severe acute respiratory syndrome – coronavirus Message of solidarity from UN chief as millions of Muslims begin ‘very different’ Ramadan The coronavirus pandemic is not only a critical public health danger, it is also a human, economic and social emergency that is “fast becoming a human rights crisis”, the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres stated today (Thursday) while releasing a new policy brief on shaping an effective, inclusive response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Guterres, in a UN Statement recalled his February Call to Action to put human dignity and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at the core of the UN’s work, Secretary-General António Guterres pointed out that today the world is facing “the biggest international crisis in generations”, stressing that human rights “cannot be an afterthought”. The COVID-19 pandemic is a public health emergency — but it is far more.  It is an economic crisis.  A social crisis.  And a human crisis that is fast becoming a human rights crisis. In February, I launched a Call to Action to put human dignity and the promise of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at the core of our work. As I said then, human rights cannot be an afterthought in times of crisis — and we now face the biggest international crisis in generations. Today, I am releasing a report highlighting how human rights can and must guide COVID-19 response and recovery. The message is clear:  People — and their rights — must be front and centre.  A human rights lens puts everyone in the picture and ensures that no one is left behind. Human rights responses can help beat the pandemic, putting a focus on the imperative of healthcare for everyone. But they also serve as an essential warning system — highlighting who is suffering most, why, and what can be done about it. We have seen how the virus does not discriminate, but its impacts do — exposing deep weaknesses in the delivery of public services and structural inequalities that impede access to them.  We must make sure they are properly addressed in the response.  We see the disproportionate effects on certain communities, the rise of hate speech, the…

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