Don't Lose Sight of Rights in Pandemic: Daily Brief

Plus: Hungary and Jordan should ensure basic rights in face of COVID-19; vulnerable communities in the US are the first ones to bear economic instability; Ugandans forced to pay for quarantine; proper medical care should be accessible to everyone, including prisoners and detainees; Sudan welcomes Human Rights Watch delegation amidst democratic transition; and Greece continues to deny the right to seek asylum.

As the coronavirus spreads, so do its human rights implications. Human Rights Watch has been investigating the human rights dimensions to COVID-19, including providing recommendations for governments in addressing the pandemic in a rights-respecting way. 

In Hungary, the government is trying to distract citizens from the coronavirus outbreak with anti-foreigner rhetoric.

Meanwhile the Jordanian government has declared a state of emergency as part of a series of measures to limit the spread of COVID-19.

In the United States, the outbreak has put a spotlight on economic inequalities and a fragile social safety net that leaves vulnerable communities to bear the economic brunt of the crisis. 

Ugandans are being forced to pay for their own mandatory COVID-19 quarantines under new measures announced by the government. 

In Pakistan, authorities should take urgent steps to ensure that prisoners and detainees have access to adequate medical care and protective measures against COVID-19.

And the same measures should be applied in the United Arab Emirates, where prisoners living with HIV have been denied regular access to lifesaving medication as the number of  COVID-19 cases increases. 

On a more positive note, last month, for the first time in more than 14 years, the Sudanese government welcomed a Human Rights Watch delegation. Kenneth Roth, who headed it, writes about Sudan's window of opportunity.

Greek authorities have denied the right to seek asylum to at least 625 people who arrived on the island of Lesbos between March 1 and 18.