Covid-19 and the Impact on Human Rights: A Discussion with Oxfam

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Join LAP and Oxfam for a discussion on the human rights impacts of Covid-19 and effects of the response on the most vulnerable

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The Covid-19 pandemic has already cost hundreds of thousands of lives and could also force millions into poverty. The impacts of the virus – and of the response to it - are disproportionately affecting disadvantaged people across the globe.

The UN has highlighted the importance of ensuring healthcare and other measures protect the most vulnerable: older people, those with disabilities, minorities, indigenous peoples, refugees, asylum seekers, migrants, people deprived of their liberty, homeless people and those living in poverty.

But how do we rise to the challenge of ensuring that all peoples are afforded the fundamental rights of health and social protection in the midst of this global emergency?

How are decisions to be taken by governments and the private sector to address the immediate needs?

And are our leaders making decisions that will enable a solid path to recovery for all?

Join Lawyers Against Poverty for a discussion with Oxfam on the human rights impacts of Covid-19. This free webinar will focus on Oxfam's discussion paper: Covid-19 and Key Human Rights Principles in Practice. The obligations of States and business in responding to the pandemic (2020), which will be made available prior to the event.

Chaired by Kate Cook of Matrix Chambers

Kate is a barrister at Matrix Chambers. She practises in public international, European Union and human rights law. She has appeared as counsel before the International Court of Justice in cases relating to environmental issues and genocide. Kate is co-author of the discussion paper.


Joss Saunders of Oxfam

Joss is General Counsel of Oxfam, where he has been working since 1998. He previously worked in Uganda, as a commercial litigation lawyer in the City, in Poland as a law lecturer, and as a partner in Blake Morgan. He is also a Trustee of Lawyers Against Poverty.

Lydia Zigomo of Oxfam

Lydia is Regional Director at Oxfam for Horn, East and Central Africa. She is a human rights lawyer, having practised in Zimbabwe.

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