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McCann, G.and Ó hAdhmaill, F.
2021 Unknown
COVID-19 in the Global South: Impacts and Responses
International Human Rights and Global Welfare in the Midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic
Bristol University Press/Policy Press
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Human Rights Social Policy Covid 19
The notion of universal human rights, applicable to all and promoted as an answer to future global peace, security and sustainability after World War Two, continues to be a work in progress in a deeply divided and unequal world. Attempts to establish international human rights standards and enforcement mechanisms by the UN and then other regional bodies such as the Council of Europe (CoE) have been beset by a range of different obstacles. Different cultures, ideologies and socioeconomic contexts, geopolitical rivalries and the unequal distribution of power and wealth globally all influence the establishment of ‘rights’ and their realisability. In the Global South, the legacy of colonialism and ongoing neocolonialism have often contributed to weak states, dictatorial rulers and gross inequalities, exacerbated by a dominating global market system. In such circumstances, even the most basic human rights – such as the rights to life, health and education – have been denied to large sections of the population. Massive global inequalities exist in access to rights – whether civil and political, but especially social and economic. It is therefore not surprising that as states have struggled to cope with the COVID- 19 pandemic, human rights concerns have emerged in terms of what governments have and have not done, and how global institutions have fared in ensuring human rights protections in the global community. This chapter explores some of the impacts of the COVID- 19 pandemic on international human rights globally and on the whole notion of the universality of human rights.
Carmody, P. McCann, G.Colleran, C. and O’Halloran. C.
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