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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29 June 2020
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الكاتب: Reuters

"Verdi ruft Amazon-Mitarbeiter zum Streik auf", 29. Juni 2020...

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29 June 2020
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الكاتب: Reuters

"Amazon workers in Germany to go on strike over coronavirus infections", 28 June 2020...

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29 June 2020
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29 June 2020
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الكاتب: Philip Mwakio, Standard Digital (Kenya)

"Hotels, pubs to seek fresh permits"...

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29 June 2020
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In June 2020, a Channel 4 investigation exposed evidence of migrant worker exploitation – including low wages, excessive overtime, illegal deductions from workers’ salaries, extortionate recruitment fees, poor living conditions and lack of social dist...

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29 June 2020
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El Centro de Información sobre Empresas y Derechos Humanos invitó a 7 hoteles a responder sobre una gama de violaciones a los derechos laborales de las personas trabajadoras durante la pandemia de Covid-19. Las alegaciones que hemos documentado...

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29 June 2020
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El Centro de Información sobre Empresas y Derechos Humanos invitó a 15 empresas de la industria maquiladora y manufacturera con operaciones en México a responder sobre una gama amplia de violaciones a los derechos laborales y a la salud de las personas...

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29 June 2020
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الكاتب: Uganda Consortium on Corporate Accountability

"Ensuring Protection and Promotion of Labour Rights during the Covid-19 Pandemic" ...

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29 June 2020
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الكاتب: Oxfam

"Exposed: How US supermarkets are failing their workers in a global pandemic", 24 June...

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26 June 2020
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الكاتب: Migazin

"UN befürchten mehr Kinderarbeit wegen Corona", 16 Juni 2020...

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