Publication of the "Covid-19 and Human Rights 2020-2021" report

La Plateforme droits de l'Homme publie un rapport qui est le fruit de l'expérience de la pandémie de ses organisations membres et de leurs partenaires sur le terrain.

Between the increasing violation of human rights around the world and the work to protect and promote these rights made more complex by the multiple crises caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Human Rights Platform wishes to make the voice of its member organisations and their partners around the world heard through a new report.

In the context of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the defence and promotion of human rights becomes even more important. Those who help to bring this ideal to life on a daily basis have had to work even harder at a time when their isolation and the low profile of their voices, masked by health and security discourses, have added to their burden.

The pandemic has also seen the hardening of many regimes, the undermining of human rights and a sharp decline in democracy in various parts of the world, often in the name of the fight against the COVID-19 virus. The valuable role played by these human rights defenders and civil society organisations, deeply committed to societies that are more respectful of our fundamental rights, is therefore more necessary and vital than ever.

"The COVID-19 crisis has tested us, weakened us at times, but it has also made us stronger and more united within the Platform. Raphaël Chenuil-Hazan - President of the PDH

As a collective of 25 French organisations involved in the promotion and defence of international human rights, we are deeply convinced of the importance of reporting on the problems posed by the long months of the pandemic on the work of our partners in the field and their impact on our daily work.

For this reason, the Platform is publishing a report that looks at the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on human rights around the world and on the work of its member organisations and their partners around the world. Drawing on the experience and expertise of Platform members, this report offers a unique perspective on the challenges faced by key human rights actors since the beginning of 2020.

Thanks to the diversity of its 25 member organisations, the Platform was able to cover nine different human rights sectors in this report, including access to economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR), conditions of detention and modern slavery.

Behind the short-term, sanitary view, which is essential in these times of crisis, we must not lose sight of the significance of what is going on in the background, in the background, and whose consequences will be felt in the coming years and which the members of the Platform and their partners are facing.