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COVID-19 and Human Rights – 2013 Laureate Raji Sourani: “Governments must put human rights and dignity at the centre”

https://www.rightlivelihoodaward.org/media/covid-19-and-human-rights-2013-laureate-raji-sourani-governments-must-put-human-rights-and-dignity-at-the-centre/ On the evening of 21 March 2020, Gaza’s health ministry confirmed the first two cases of COVID-19. Overpopulated and impoverished, the Gaza Strip faces particular vulnerability in the context of the pandemic. A potential large-scale outbreak of the virus would constitute another enormous strain on Gaza’s population, already affected by more than a decade of Israeli blockade, causing extreme poverty, harsh living conditions, dysfunctional infrastructure and a fragile healthcare system. Furthermore, Israel’s over half-century-long occupation of Gaza involved systematic human rights violations against the Palestinian population, including the use of excessive lethal force against protesters and prolonged administrative detention without...

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