Up Close:

Imagining our Post-Pandemic Futures

COVID-19 is challenging the human rights movement to adapt, transform, and look ahead—so as to meet urgent demands now while laying the groundwork for a better future.

The global pandemic has human rights actors rushing to address rapidly changing needs and demands. From health care, food, and sanitation to digital surveillance and heavy policing, the challenges are many. At the same time, this shifting terrain has created opportunity. Demonstrations of community solidarity and the embrace of social protections that not long ago seemed impossible are now reality—but a better world will not build itself. This Up Close series explores the glimpses this pandemic has provided of what a better future could look like, and asks just what kind of human rights practice is needed now to get us there.

 

This series was created with and edited by David Petrasek, dear friend and senior editor of OpenGlobalRights, and is published in his memory.   

 

Post-pandemic futures, hope, and human rights

By: César Rodríguez-Garavito
Español | Français | العربية

If human rights actors are to help shape the post-pandemic world, they need to start imagining it now.

Time for a rights-based global economic stimulus to tackle COVID-19

By: Ignacio Saiz
Español | Français

During this pandemic, economic rescue packages—nationally and globally—must protect the socioeconomic rights of those most at risk.

In a pandemic, be a positive disruptor and not an ambulance chaser

By: Anjli Parrin & Gulika Reddy
Español | Français

In moments of crisis, it is critical that social justice advocates remain focused on ethical and transformative advocacy, not reactive short-term change.

Post-pandemic collective action for health rights and social justice is essential

By: Alicia Ely Yamin
Español | Français

The pandemic shows the need for post-crisis collective action, and rising to the task will be essential if we are to realize a new global economic order—with human ...

Making a Community Action Net (work): organising in the times of COVID-19

By: Ella Scheepers & Ishtar Lakhani & Kasey Armstrong
Français | Español

Community Action Networks in South Africa bring residents from varied backgrounds into collective action to find solutions to COVID-related issues.

Solidarity key to post COVID-19 response

By: Obiora C. Okafor
Español | Français

Realizing the vision embodied by human rights requires bolder measures and commitments to international solidarity than the world has so far witnessed.

China, the coronavirus, and the liberal international order

By: Christopher W. Bishop
Español | 简体中文

China’s apparent success in tackling COVID-19 will bolster its authoritarian political system—and its restrictive approach to human rights.

New policies for a new crisis

By: Koldo Casla
Español

Human rights activists don’t have all the answers to the pandemic, but they should focus on protecting the most vulnerable, and be alert to creeping authoritarianism.

Global HIV/AIDS response, shows human rights is path to success against COVID-19

By: Steven L. B. Jensen
Español | Français

The global response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic found success when it put human rights at the core of its efforts, a lesson of key importance to our present and future ...

Rights and responsibilities in the Coronavirus pandemic

By: Kathryn Sikkink
Español | Português

To protect our collective right to health in the current pandemic situation, we need to balance our individual rights with collective responsibilities.