COVID-19 AND LATIN AMERICA EVENT SERIES
29 April 2020, 10:00-11:00am Eastern Daylight Time (US)
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has called the Covid-19 crisis a “colossal test of leadership.” Since the pandemic emerged, Bachelet has advocated forcefully for a human rights based response, calling for universal access to health care, global solidarity, and efforts to mitigate the impact on women and vulnerable groups such as migrants, prisoners, and the poor. Bachelet has also warned of the threat to civil liberties posed by governments that use the Covid-19 emergency as cover to concentrate power or introduce repressive policies. As a two-time former president of Chile, and a former health minister and practicing physician, High Commissioner Bachelet is uniquely attuned to how Covid-19 is impacting human rights in Latin America.
- How should governments ensure the protection of human rights while implementing effective public health policies? And how well are Latin American governments striking the balance?
- What can be done for especially vulnerable populations in the region?
- What are the longer-term implications of the pandemic for democracy and human rights in Latin America?
On April 29, the Dialogue will host an in-depth conversation on these and other topics with UN Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet. Michael Shifter, president of the Inter-American Dialogue, will moderate the conversation.
We invite participants to submit questions using the event hashtag on Twitter OR to email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please RSVP to receive dial-in information.
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (@mbachelet)
President, Inter-American Dialogue (@Michael Shifter)