Tijjani Muhammad-Bande delivered the enchantment at first of the annual overview of the UN Human Rights Treaty Body System, which is being carried out this 12 months by way of video-teleconference as a result of novel coronavirus outbreak.
“As we contend with the COVID-19 pandemic, Member States must ensure that international human rights law and standards are at the centre of all responses to the pandemic in order to protect the most vulnerable and marginalized,” he mentioned.
‘Nothing more urgent’
“There is nothing more urgent than ensuring that all human beings, no matter their beliefs, gender, economic condition or other status, are able to live in dignity, with justice and peace,” he mentioned.
The 10 treaty our bodies, or committees, are made up of elected impartial consultants who oversee the implementation of core human rights devices and search to make sure that States events fulfil their authorized obligations.
Over the approaching weeks, members will mirror on methods to advertise human rights by way of cooperation and dialogue, whereas additionally tackling such challenges as a backlog of studies from States events and an absence of sufficient sources, Mr. Muhammad-Bande mentioned.
With the UN marking its seventy-fifth anniversary this 12 months, and the deadline for reaching the Sustainable Development Goals simply 10 years away, “it is crucial that we uphold the inalienable rights which safeguard the people we serve,” the President added.
Creative considering and innovation: Bachelet
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, additionally talking on Tuesday, mentioned the COVID-19 pandemic opens a window of alternative for treaty our bodies to rethink and broaden their strategies of labor for higher impression on the bottom.
“Creative thinking and innovation are needed to address the immediate risk of protection gaps and to strengthen longer-term working methods,” she instructed an off-the-cuff assembly of treaty physique Chairs.
She emphasised that whereas on-line exchanges with victims and civil society may be useful, they will by no means absolutely substitute in-person conferences.