COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic which requires systematic responses. Forcibly displaced persons are among those that are at heightened risk of exposure to COVID-19 due to their displacement. This is due to limited access to essential services and healthcare, water, sanitation, food and adequate housing, as well as stigma and discrimination that they may face.
National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) are a key partner for UNHCR, given their presence at country and local levels, their agility to deploy monitoring missions, their broad competencies to advise Government authorities including on the development of law and policy, and provide information directly to persons of concern and the general public.
On 3 June 2020 (11:00 am - 12:30 pm CEST), the Global Alliance of NHRIs (GANHRI), in collaboration with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), will host a webinar on the protection of forcibly displaced persons in the COVID-19 context. The webinar will focus on the role and experiences of NHRIs in protecting and promoting the human rights of forcibly displaced persons and explore opportunities for collaboration between NHRIs and UNHCR in support of affected population.
It will be an opportunity for NHRIs and UNHCR participants to:
- discuss the role and experiences of NHRIs in protecting displaced population from COVID-19 threat and related consequences on their enjoyment of rights;
- develop practical strategies for NHRIs to employ to address the situation displaced persons in the context of the COVID-19; and
- draw from the guidance and experience from the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of IDPs as well as UNHCR experts and identify opportunities for collaboration in support of IDPs.
The webinar will be in English. Registration can be made online and invitations via MS Teams will be sent to all registered participants.
Source: Global Alliance of NHRIs (GANHRI)