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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2 April 2020
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الكاتب: Diálogo de derechos humanos

“El importante rol de las empresas en situaciones de crisis sanitaria: una rápida aproximación hacia un Plan de Prevención Corporativo” – 1 de abril de 2020...

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2 April 2020
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الكاتب: Cáritas Brasileira - Regional Minas Gerais (Brazil)

"Entidades denunciam mineradoras que expõem trabalhadores a riscos durante a pandemia do coronavírus", 27 de março de 2020 Manifestando preocupação com a vida dos trabalhadores e trabalhadoras da mineração, sobretudo neste período crítico do...

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2 April 2020
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الكاتب: Rede Brasil do Pacto Global da ONU (Brazil)

"Quase 10% das empresas já desenvolvem iniciativas externas para conter a crise do coronavírus-Rede Brasil do Pacto Global lança cartilha para ajudar CEOs a liderar durante a pandemia", 20 de  março de 2020...

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2 April 2020
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الكاتب: Márcio Santilli, Instituto Socioambiental-ISA (Brazil)

"Direto do confinamento: garimpo, índios e coronavírus-Com o avanço da Covid-19, a situação mais preocupante é a dos povos que vivem em territórios invadidos por grileiros, fazendeiros, madeireiros e, principalmente, por garimpeiros", 30 de março de 2...

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2 April 2020
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الكاتب: CCHR & 14 other NGOs

"Cambodia CSO Joint Position Paper Prioritize the needs of those at increased risk of gender-based violence in responding to the COVID-19 situation ", 2 April 2020...

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2 April 2020
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الكاتب: Expansión (México)

“Ford y GM dejan atrás la producción de autos para fabricar ventiladores”, 30 de marzo de 2020...

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2 April 2020
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الكاتب: Ouest France

« Coronavirus. Après le décès d'un employé chez FedEx Roissy, les agences d'intérim retirent leurs salariés », 31 mars 2020...

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2 April 2020
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الكاتب: Expansión (México)

“35 empresas se unen para desarrollar y producir 15,000 ventiladores en México”, 2 de abril de 2020...

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2 April 2020
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الكاتب: Pie de Página (México)

“Demandan a empresa de patines por despidos durante pandemia”, 2 de abril de 2020...

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2 April 2020
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الكاتب: CEJIL

“Organizaciones de derechos humanos denuncian ante la OMS y la OPS la crítica situación de Nicaragua ante la pandemia del COVID 19”, 31 de marzo de 2020...

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