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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27 July 2020
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Auteur: Reuters

“Ecuador's Amazon tribes turn to tech to track COVID-19 cases” – 21 July 2020...

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26 July 2020
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Auteur: Vice

“Women Are Leading the Fight Against Coronavirus in Argentina's Vulnerable Communities” – 21 July 2020...

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Article
26 July 2020
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Auteur: The National Tribune

"Stronger enforcement and protection for migrant workers", 27 July 2020...

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Article
25 July 2020
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Auteur: Prithvi Man Shrestha, The Kathmandu Post

"Nepal’s readymade garment sector faces Rs 1.25 billion hit as foreign buyers cancel orders", 26 July 2020...

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25 July 2020
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Auteur: Human Rights Law Centre, Kingsford Legal Centre, & Caxton Legal Centre

"Joint NGO Submission on behalf of the Australian NGO Coalition", April 2020...

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25 July 2020
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Auteur: Swedwatch

"Toxic Tech: Occupational poisoning in ICT manufacturing", 23 June 2020...

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24 July 2020
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Auteur: Undark

“In a Fight Over a Colombian Coal Mine, Covid-19 Raises the Stakes” – 22 July 2020...

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24 July 2020
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Auteur: The Guardian (UK)

"‘There's a direct relationship’: Brazil meat plants linked to spread of Covid-19", 15th July 2020...

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Histoire
24 July 2020
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La empresa minera Don David Gold en Totolápam, Oaxaca ha sido acusada por ocultar a una persona trabajadora con síntomas de Covid-19 de las autoridades y de no tomar medidas preventivas aducuadas para proteger el derecho a la salud de las personas...

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Histoire
23 July 2020
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Without a day set for their return home due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, seasonal workers are suffering from depression and anxiety. Meanwhile, the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) call Pacific...

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