“A group of researchers is campaigning to end Melbourne’s draconian coronavirus lockdown because it is pushing up to 400,000 people out of work and taking away the basic right to liberty of millions of Australians.” [Source: Daily Mail (UK)]
Under the guise of the coronavirus crisis, human rights are increasingly under worldwide threat. The removal of these rights clearly contravenes the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Article 13 of the Declaration states that everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state, and that everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country. Throughout the world, however, these rights have been widely curtailed. Billions of citizens have been subjected to draconian lockdowns in which even the right to leave their own homes has been restricted.
Article 20 of the Declaration states that everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association. Around the world, however, these rights have been drastically restricted. Examples include so-called ‘social distancing’ rules, which prevent people from having close contact with anyone they don’t live with, and legislation banning public gatherings.
Article 23 of the Declaration states that everyone has the right to work. By April 2020, however, more than 3.9 billion people, around half of the world’s population, had been asked or ordered to stay at home under coronavirus legislation. Unsurprisingly this has had profound effects on many workers’ financial wellbeing, particularly so in developing countries.
Article 26 of the Declaration states that everyone has the right to education. Nevertheless, the United Nations estimates that closing schools under coronavirus legislation has affected 1.29 billion students in 186 countries, a number equivalent to 73.8 percent of the world’s student population.
To learn more about the ways in which coronavirus lockdowns and restrictions contravene the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, read this article on our website.