UN says pandemic may cause 'human rights disaster'

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UN says pandemic may cause 'human rights disaster'

Apr 28, 2020 08:51 IST

The UNHRC has warned that countries flouting the rule of law in the name of fighting the novel coronavirus pandemic risk sparking a 'human rights disaster'. The UN has urged countries to refrain from violating fundamental rights 'under the guise of exceptional or emergency measures'. UNHRC chief said, emergency powers should not be a weapon governments can wield to quash dissent, control the population, and even perpetuate their time in power. They should be used to cope effectively with the pandemic - nothing more, nothing less.

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