Training event

Webinar: The Human Rights Dimensions of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Organizer(s) United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Asia and Pacific Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
Webinar 7 poster
In person
Event language(s)
  • English


The COVID-19 pandemic is presenting unique challenges to the protection of human rights around the world, including the Asia-Pacific region. Pandemic-related racism, xenophobia, hate speech and discrimination are reportedly on the rise in the region and need to be countered with robust efforts to promote fundamental freedoms of expression and association, provisions of targeted support for vulnerable groups and equitable and meaningful implementation of socio-economic rights across the region.

This webinar focuses on the importance of ensuring a rights-based approach to all disasters, including the COVID-19 pandemic. It will highlight the key human rights issues that have emerged in relation to the COVID crisis and offer policy advice and recommendations to combat all forms of discrimination and human rights abuses.

Ms Mami Mizutori
Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Disaster Risk Reduction, and Head of UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR)

Ms Loretta Hieber Girardet
Chief, UNDRR Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
Bangkok, Thailand 

Ms Pia Oberoi
Senior Advisor on Migration and Human Rights,
South-East Asia Regional Office of OHCHR

Mr Eric Paulsen
The representative of Malaysia to the ASEAN  Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR)

Mr Ricky Gunawan 
Indonesian human rights lawyer and former Director of Community Legal Aid Institute (LBHM),

Ms Ambika Satkunanathan
Open Society Fellow (2020-2021) and former Commissioner of the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka


This webinar is the seventh in a series of webinars on COVID-19 organized by UNDRR’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific. As the first region to be impacted by COVID-19, Asia-Pacific has become the testing ground for innovations and solutions to tackle this global disaster.

We aim to use these webinars to distil in 60 minutes the most relevant information and actionable recommendations on priority topics to support countries in their prevention, response and recovery efforts. We will also share issue briefs on the webinar topics that capture emerging lessons and policy recommendations.

Disclaimer:  For the purpose of this event, UNDRR procures the services of Zoom Video Communications, Inc., an external service provider. Registration for this webinar is supported by the Zoom registration mechanism and does not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the Secretariat of the United Nations concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area or of its authorities.


UNDRR Asia-Pacific Brief_The Human Rights Dimensions of the COVID-19 Pandemic 0.8 MB, PDF, English

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