COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Outbreak
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 estimates that up to 25 million jobs could be lost worldwide due to the pandemic, pushing millions of people into unemployment, underemployment and working poverty.
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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Ecuador and Peru: Agricultural workers risk infection of COVID-19 but fear losing their jobs if they stay at home
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EITI response to Covid-19: Call on governments and companies to protect workers & communities while upholding transparency
Author: Helen Clark, EITI Board Chair
"Covid-19: Likely impacts, wider implications and our response", 27 March 2020....
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UAE: NGO calls out "discriminatory" roll back of protections on migrant worker contracts during Covid-19 outbreak
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Cambodia: 15 NGOs call on govt. to prioritise the needs of people at increased risk of gender-based violence in responding to the COVID-19
Author: 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...
Author: Diálogo de derechos humanos
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Author: 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...
Author: 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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