Many governments “weaponized” the coronavirus pandemic during the last year to further repress citizens’ rights, global rights group Amnesty International said in its annual report , released Wednesday. The report also says the virus disproportionately hit ethnic minorities, refugees and women. “At the global level, the COVID-19 pandemic exposed and exacerbated inequalities,” Philip Luther, Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Research and Advocacy Director, told DW. “Cruelly, those who gave the most were often protected the least in this pandemic. The pandemic had a devastating impact on health workers,” Luther added. In 2020, governments were required to showcase exceptional leadership to mitigate the impact of the pandemic, especially on disadvantaged groups. Amnesty International’s new Secretary General Agnes Callamard blasted governments for failing to take on that role. She called on leaders to reset and reboot to build a world grounded in equality, human rights, and humanity. “We must learn from the pandemic, and come together to work boldly and creatively so everyone is on an equal footing,” she said in a press release. Amnesty International’s new Secretary General Agnes Callamard The report covers 149 countries: Here are eight examples, according to Amnesty, of human rights abuses. Egypt Under the rule of President Abdel Fattah… Read full this story
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