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Human Rights in South Asia in Times of Pandemic

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With many interweaving and changing variables, measuring the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and determining the appropriate responses has been a significant challenge. In this context, this series of webinars has contributed towards rejuvenating civil society platforms within South Asia. The webinars have provided a forum for civil society organisations (CSOs) to discuss the human rights situation during the pandemic in South Asia and help to develop a collective strategy to fight against the virus. From a macro perspective, this webinar report highlights how human rights defenders and activists in South Asia are continuously targeted for their human rights work and how South Asian governments have increasingly centralised their powers, even in these unnerving times.

The discussions held during this webinar series have analysed topics which have been the most impact- ed by the COVID-19 pandemic, for instance, foreign employment, migration, labour rights, the rise of patriarchal norms, domestic violence, dropping out of school especially girls, public spending to address the public health emergencies, demand of debt cancellation etc. This webinar series also analysed the specific impact of the virus on vulnerable groups, including women and children. This report provides comprehensive policy recommendations to address the many challenges related to Covid-19 that were discussed during the webinar series.

On 27 November, FORUM-ASIA released a series of infographics to launch the report and raise awareness on the impact of the COVID-19 on the situation of human rights in South Asia.

Please click here to see the report.

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