COVID-19: human rights and the response to the economic recession

The Independent Expert on debt and human rights issued two statements on the need to put human rights at the centre of the response to the economic recession induced by COVID-19:

  • On 20 March 2020, the Independent Expert said that the best response to a potential economic and social catastrophe provoked by the COVID-19 crisis is to put finance at the service of human rights and to support the less well-off through bold financial approaches, today said a UN human rights expert.
    Press release in English


  • On 15 April 2020, the Independent Expert released a Guidance note on a human rights response to the economic recession in the context of COVID 19. The document was shared with States and International Financial Institutions.
    Press release in English

    The Guidance note is available in English, unofficial translations are also available in French, Portuguese and Spanish