COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Outbreak

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Since late 2019, an outbreak of the viral disease COVID-19 (commonly referred to as Coronavirus) - first identified in Wuhan, China - has spread across the globe, impacting hundreds of thousands of people. On 11 March 2020, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak had reached the level of a global pandemic.

Besides the health implications of the disease, which has a mortality rate in excess of 3% according to the World Health Organization, the outbreak has also been accompanied by waves of misinformation, fears regarding increased government surveillance, factory shutdowns as disruption ripples back up supply chains and fears for the protection of gig economy workers. The International Labour Organization initially estimated that up to 25 million jobs could be lost worldwide due to the pandemic, pushing millions of people into unemployment, underemployment and working poverty. It has since revised its estimate to 195 million job losses globally.

This In Depth Area will be updated with the latest news on the implications of the outbreak for business and human rights. Based on emerging themes of the crisis, we will also update the below sub-sections of this In Depth Area as the situation continues to unfold.

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3 July 2020
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The International Labour Organization (ILO) and Fafo Institute for Labour and Social Research (Oslo, Norway) have conducted a survey to assess the impact of covid-19 on Syrian refugees and host communities in Jordan and Lebanon. The survey highlights...

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3 July 2020
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The Phenix Centre for Economic and Informatics studies have carried out an online survey during the third week of May to assess the impact of Covid-19 on the economic conditions of families in Jordan. The survey builds upon the responses of 2,120...

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2 July 2020
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الكاتب: ABC News

“Santiago Manuin, tireless defender of the Amazon rainforest, succumbs to COVID-19” – 2 July 2020...

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2 July 2020
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الكاتب: Brasil de Fato

…Data from the Health Ministry shows an alarming reality: 1,4 million formal jobs have been lost since the arrival of covid-19 in the country. The Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE) estimates that 40% of the Brazilian population is...

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2 July 2020
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الكاتب: Eurasianet

“Chinese business briefing: Working overtime”, 4 June 2020...

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2 July 2020
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الكاتب: Larry Elliott, The Guardian

“Progress on gender equality at risk from COVID-19 jobs crisis, says ILO”, 30 June 2020...

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2 July 2020
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Um relatório publicado por uma coalizão de organizações da sociedade civil (Earthworks, Institute for Policy Studies - Global Economy Program, London Mining Network, MiningWatch Canada, Terra Justa, War on Want e Yes to Life No to Mining) analisa...

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1 July 2020
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South Africa’s mining industry has recorded 1,796 cases of COVID-19 with six deaths, the Minerals Council said on Thursday as mines ramp up after an extended shutdown. The Minerals Council this month rejected what it called a “narrative” in which mines...

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1 July 2020
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الكاتب: Observatorio de Conflictos Mineros de América Latina

"Minería peruana: 140.000 trabajadores formales ya retornaron a sus labores" – 24 de junio de 2020...

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1 July 2020
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In June 2020, Migrant-Rights.org reported that at least 1,000 employees of UK-based security company G4S are reliant on community donations for food and other amenities after their contracts with the company were suspended or terminated in March. As...

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