Tobacco Control and Human Rights Before, During, and After COVID-19

May 15, 2020

The global COVID-19 pandemic has brought about significant disruption and trauma, and with it a rise in threats to human rights. UN Secretary-General Guterres remarked on April 23rd, 2020 that the pandemic was “fast becoming a human rights crisis” as nations grapple with detecting, preventing, and responding to overlapping social, economic, and health emergencies. The High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michele Bachelet, echoed these same fears on April 27th, 2020 stating that “Given the exceptional nature of the crisis, it is clear States need additional powers to cope. However, if the rule of law is not upheld, then the public health emergency risks becoming a human rights disaster, with negative effects that will long outlast the pandemic itself.”

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