COVID-19 Pandemic Aggravating Human Rights Violations, Could Fuel Conflict, Instability, U.N. Officials Warn

AP: U.N.: COVID-19 could fuel more conflict, poverty, starvation
“Top U.N. officials warned Wednesday that the COVID-19 pandemic has aggravated discrimination and other human rights violations that can fuel conflict, and its indirect consequences are dwarfing the impact of the virus itself in the world’s most fragile countries. U.N. political chief Rosemary DiCarlo and U.N. humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock painted a grim picture to the U.N. Security Council of the global impact of the pandemic that has blanketed the world, with over 26 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and more than 860,000 deaths…” (Lederer, 9/9).

U.N. News: Distrust of public institutions, health inequities could push more countries into conflict, U.N. political affairs chief warns
“…Rosemary DiCarlo, under-secretary general for political and peacebuilding affairs, said the breakdown in public trust, while a problem before the pandemic, now has the potential to drive instability in settings where people perceive authorities have not addressed COVID-19 effectively or have not been transparent about its impact…” (9/9).

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