COVID-19 has now spread to more than 185 countries as of May 2020. With the stated intention of controlling the spread of the virus and protecting lives, states around the world are implementing unprecedented restrictions on movement both within and between countries with significant and wide-ranging impacts on societies and economies. As this global crisis unfolds, it is clear that states are failing to meet their nondiscrimination obligations. Their responses – largely driven by a stated intention to protect lives – are having a wide range of discriminatory impacts. The Women’s Refugee Commission joins the Global Campaign for Equal Nationality Rights, Equal Rights Trust, and several other organizations on a call to action addressing discrimination and inequality in the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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