Their Voices Matter – Community Responses to Covid-19 Measures: Week 6

Community Responses to Covid 19 Measures: Week 6

Several human rights issues emerged during the sixth week of the extended lockdown as more businesses began to operate and government made little progress in providing adequate social safety nets to the millions affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

Notably business, small and large, began operating, and this brought into focus the issue of business and human rights, including labour rights. As state security services remained deployed in large numbers, with a number of them manning several roadblocks mounted across the country, concern grew over how government was not prioritizing the human rights entitled to those providing state security services.

As the COVID-19 crisis continues, it also raises questions on how government is and will manage resources especially because during such times, fiscal responsibility becomes a priority. This period is also marked by the emerging inequalities arising from the current crisis.

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