The 66th African Commission on Human and National Rights: Countries must ensure that human rights are protected in the fight against the epidemic





The 66th African Commission on Human and National Rights: Countries must ensure that human rights are protected in the fight against the epidemic


On July 13, the International Human Rights Service issued a statement on the human rights situation in Africa, highlighting the challenges faced by human rights defenders during the new crown epidemic.

After congratulating the new committee members who were sworn in during the 28th special session of the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights, the International Human Rights Service praised the committee’s first regular online meeting.

Some countries have used the new crown epidemic to instrument the laws and regulations originally designed to protect the people, intensifying the suppression of human rights defenders, further restricting the space of civil society, and more broadly restricting many basic freedoms and rights. The fight against the epidemic should not be used by authoritarian countries as an excuse to take more measures to deprive freedom and stifle different opinions.

Even in a state of emergency, the use of force should still follow the principles of lawfulness, necessity, proportionality and caution. The use of lethal weapons must be avoided, and all possible non-violent means must be exhausted before resorting to violent means. The International Human Rights Service urges governments of all countries to condemn the violent repression and demand that the persons concerned be held accountable.

Those countries that have made great progress or are about to make progress in their own legislative protection of human rights defenders. In this case, the government must not forget the promises they have made and abide by the promises, including not infringing on the name of epidemic prevention human rights.

In Africa, civil society organizations still work in a restrictive environment, and fear dominates their every move, even though they have never forgotten their mission to strive for a more just, equal and free world for all

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