Millions of workers in sectors shutdown by the government, and millions more in sectors outside of the public sector but not identified as ‘key’ by the government are likely to have been impacted by the economic slowdown. Without government support, these workers’ jobs and livelihoods are at risk. But while many are protected under the government’s job retention and self-employed income protection schemes, some are at high risk of falling through the gaps.
Read the article published by New Economics Foundation
The idea that societies can be secure by relying on individualised market-based provision for those who can afford it, and porous ‘’safety nets’’ for the poor, has proven to be illusionary. If the COVID-19 pandemic has sent the world one message, it is that we are only as safe as the most vulnerable among us. If people are unable to access quality health care and quarantine themselves, they face serious health risks and may transmit the virus to others, and if one country cannot contain the virus, others are bound to be (re-)infected. And yet, with the exception of those countries with robust and comprehensive social protection systems, many are struggling to safeguard the lives and livelihoods of all those affected.
Read the article of Shara Razavi
The post-Covid world requires a new social contract. The United Nations Secretary-General should convene a World Conference on Post-Covid Recovery based on multilateralism and international solidarity. This entails a paradigm shift in the prevailing economic, trade and social models. Governments bear responsibility for their unwise and inequitable budgetary allocations, which prioritized military expenditures over investment in health, education and people-centered infrastructures. A new functional paradigm on human rights should discard the skewed and artificial division of rights into those of the first, second and third generations and impose new categories of enabling rights, inherent rights, procedural rights and end rights so as to ensure human dignity and development for all.
Read the article of Alfred de Zayas, UN independent expert
Working humans are so much more than “resources.” This is one of the central lessons of the current crisis. Caring for the sick; delivering food, medication, and other essentials; clearing away our waste; stocking the shelves and running the registers in our grocery stores – the people who have kept life going through the COVID-19 pandemic are living proof that work cannot be reduced to a mere commodity.
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Thomas Piketty on how the coronacrisis is exposing social inequalities
Read the interview in Democracy Now
The latest ILO data on the labour market impact of the COVID-19 pandemic reveals the devastating effect on workers in the informal economy and on hundreds of millions of enterprises worldwide.
Read the press Release of the ILO
The containment measures, whether full lockdown or partial confinement, gradually put in place by nearly every government around the world in response to the Covid-19 pandemic that has been under way for some months, have shown – if it was not already obvious – just how important it is to observe and effectively implement all human rights (civil, political, economic, social and cultural), even as it has brought to light numerous violations of those rights.
Read this new CETIM report
The killing fields of the coronavirus:
Never before has our interdependence been so crystal clear, and never before have the solutions seemed so difficult and even impossible! Global action is needed, but by whom?
Read the interesting series of articles published by The Great Transition.
Crumbling economies must tackle tax evasion to meet coronavirus crisis, experts warn.
Read the Report from ICIJ, the international consortium of investigative journalists