Human Rights Dimensions of COVID-19 Response

Face-masked riot police deployed in Paris patrol near the Arc de Triomphe on the first day of confinement due to COVID-19, Paris, France, March 17, 2020.  © 2020 Sipa via AP Images

By HRW - 19. March 2020

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that an outbreak of the viral disease COVID-19 – first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, China – had reached the level of a global pandemic. Citing concerns with “the alarming levels of spread and severity,” the WHO called for governments to take urgent and aggressive action to stop the spread of the virus.

International human rights law guarantees everyone the right to the highest attainable standard of health and obligates governments to take steps to prevent threats to public health and to provide medical care to those who need it. Human rights law also recognizes that in the context of serious public health threats and public emergencies threatening the life of the nation, restrictions on some rights can be justified when they have a legal basis, are strictly necessary, based on scientific evidence and neither arbitrary nor discriminatory in application, of limited duration, respectful of human dignity, subject to review, and proportionate to achieve the objective.


UPDATE 24. March 2019: People who fled Ethiopia suffocate in container - 78 dead. Worldwide 72 million people displaced and in great danger, while UNHCR shuts down assistance and self-quarantined.

A hidden war threatens Ethiopia’s transition to democracy

Abiy Ahmed’s crackdown in Oromia is bloody and lawless

Oromo Youth protest at Nekemte, Oromiya State against the oppression and injustice at the hands of the Ethiopian regime.

By The Economist - 19. March 2020

IN THE CORNER of a restaurant in Nekemte, a town in western Ethiopia, Fisaha Aberra unfolds a piece of paper on which he has scrawled the names of 11 men he says were shot by soldiers last year. After this came mass arrests. Fisaha and two siblings fled their home in Guliso to Nekemte, leaving one brother behind who was arrested last month, for the second time in a year, and beaten so hard he cannot walk.

Arrests and summary executions have become commonplace in the far-flung reaches of Oromia, Ethiopia’s largest region. The Ethiopian security forces are waging war on armed Oromo separatists. They are also treating civilians brutally. Accounts by witnesses suggest there is indiscriminate repression of local dissent in a country supposedly on the path from one-party rule towards democracy.

Prologue: First Nations and Indigenous communities can not rely only on the often biased governmental information and services. Self-responsibility, self-guidance and self-healing are warranted without ignoring modern medical insights from reliable sources.

Karen people revived their ancient ritual, “Kroh Yee” (village closure) to fight against Covid-19

A road access to the Karen village is blocked  / Khunmaeruam, Chiangmai, Thailand / Photo by Chuikait Hongarthan

Karen people in a number of highland communities begin to shut-down their villages one by one, not to allow entering nor getting out at all times.

These village shut-downs were announced in conjunction with the revival of the ancient ritual called, “Kroh Yee” (or village closure).

It was found that this ritual was used seventy years ago when there was an outbreak of cholera.

Local knowledge holders believe that there would be enough food for annual consumption if a pandemic occurs and the village needs to be blockaded, but the town’s people may run away to the forest for their survival.

Larry Klayman Files $20 Trillion Dollar Lawsuit Against China for ‘Creation and Release’ of COVID-19

The last time we checked in on Larry Klayman, he had conducted a deposition of Roger Stone that will not soon be forgotten. This time he is taking on China.

By - 19. March 2020

According to a class action lawsuit Klayman filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas on Tuesday, China should pay up at least $20 trillion dollars whether it intentionally or unintentionally caused the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Klayman is a conservative lawyer who has represented George Zimmerman in a lawsuit against Trayvon Martin’s family, Laura Loomer, and Jerome Corsi, to name a few. He founded conservative groups Judicial Watch and Freedom Watch, and once explored a Senate run in Florida in the early 2000s.

Klayman, Freedom Watch, Buzz Photos (a Texas business that has lost substantial business as a consequence of the pandemic), and members of the class sued the People’s Republic of China, the People’s Liberation Army, the Liberation Army’s Major General Chen Wei, the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and Director of the Wuhan Institute of Virology Shi Zhengli.

Why quality of life, not GDP, should be our measure of success

Amazon. From the series Workforce Logistic Centres by Michele Borzoni.

Mainstream economics still thinks growth is essential, but this blind belief in GDP is just enriching the rich and killing the planet. We don’t need more growth to improve people’s lives. By working less, buying and producing less, and investing in public services, we can improve quality of life – and fight the climate crisis.

By Jason Hickel - 

Something big is about to happen on the climate scene. It’s been stirring just beneath the headlines for a couple of years, and over the coming decade, it’s likely to change the conversation in powerful new ways. 

In the final months of 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) grabbed the world’s attention with a new report, which stated that to avert climate breakdown, we need to cut global emissions in half by 2030 and reach zero by 2050.

GLOBAL GOOD NEWS - 19. March 2019: China has reported no new locally transmitted coronavirus cases for the first time since the pandemic began, marking a major turning point in the global battle to contain SARS-CoV-2. At a news conference on Thursday morning, officials from China's National Health Commission announced there had been just 34 new cases in the past 24 hours -- all imported from overseas. Italy has now more fatal cases due to COVID-19 recorded than China. Get your country updates from HERE or HERE

The latest figures as the pandemic spreads

The countries affected, the number of deaths and the economic impact

The man-made virus has spread throughout the whole world, but neither panic nor ignorance are warranted.
© AFP/FT montage

By FT - 19. March 2020

The humanitarian costs of the coronavirus outbreak continue to mount, with more than 239,000 people infected globally. The number of people confirmed to have died as a result of the virus has now surpassed 9,900. 

The virus’s proliferation has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization, meaning it is spreading rapidly in different parts of the world. More than 150 countries have confirmed cases so far. 

The epicentre of the coronavirus is now Europe, with the largest number of confirmed cases in Italy, and death tolls growing more quickly in Italy and Spain than they did in China at the same stage of the outbreak.

DRC's Virunga National Park Temporarily Closes Mountain Gorilla Safaris to public due to COVID-19 fears 

Mountain Gorillas will get no visitors due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

By VF/ET - 18. March 2019

Democratic Republic Of Congo - Animal lovers will have to wait a little while to see the gorillas in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Virunga National Park has closed to the public over fears of COVID-19.

The park, which is home to the Mountain Gorillas, an endangered gorilla species, will not allow tourists to visit the park and the animals before June 1, 2020.

The 7,800-square-kilometres National park was established in 1925 as Africa’s first national park and is a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site.

China’s Damning U.S. Human Rights Report May Be Propaganda, but It’s Not Wrong

A homeless person holds a shoe while camped on a street bench, March 17, 2020, in Oakland, Calif. Ben Margot | AP

China just released a 13,000-word report on the state of human rights in the United States. While the report clearly has an agenda, it’s not inaccurate.

By Alan Macleod - 18. 

Amid a global pandemic, you might be forgiven for having missed that the State Council Information Office of the People’s Republic of China just released a 13,000-word report (see below) on the state of human rights in the United States.

Entitled “The Record of Human Rights Violations in the United States in 2019,” it begins by quoting Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. “We lied, we cheated, we stole … It reminds you of the glory of the American experiment,” Pompeo said of his time as head of the Central Intelligence Agency during a Q&A at Texas A&M University.

UPDATE 27. March 2020: Mobile phone industry explores worldwide tracking of users

PROLOGUE: "I fear the day when the technology overlaps with our humanity. The world will only have a generation of idiots." - Albert Einstein 

How China built facial recognition for people wearing masks

Hanwang says its technology has reached 95% accuracy in identifying mask wearers.

Travelers in China are often wearing protective masks in response to the spread of 2019nCoV Feature China / Barcroft Media via Getty Images

By YUAN YANG - 18. March 2020

Hanwang, the facial-recognition company that has placed 2 million of its cameras at entrance gates across the world, started preparing for the coronavirus in early January.

Huang Lei, the company’s chief technical officer, said that even before the new virus was widely known about, he had begun to get requests from hospitals at the centre of the outbreak in Hubei province to update its software to recognise nurses wearing masks.

“We wouldn’t wait until something explodes to act. If three or five clients ask for the same thing . . . we’ll see that as important,” said Mr Huang, adding that its cameras previously only recognised people in masks half the time, compared with 99.5 percent accuracy for a full face image.

Since then, demand has soared, from police stations, railway stations and all the office towers that use Hanwang’s cameras to screen employees, and Mr Huang reassigned teams of people to work on the challenge.

The coronavirus pandemic in five powerful charts

A worker disinfects a mosque in Istanbul as part of city-wide efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19. Credit: Chris McGrath/Getty

From papers published to carbon emissions to confirmed cases, these data reveal an unprecedented viral outbreak and its impacts around the world.

How is the coronavirus spreading around the world?

The coronavirus emerged in Wuhan, a city of 11 million people in China's Hubei province, in late 2019. Cases of the disease it causes, COVID-19, grew by several thousand per day in China in late January and early February, the peak of the epidemic there.

The number of infections appearing each day has since plummeted in China, owing in large part to containment efforts, but the outbreak is now a global pandemic. Large outbreaks in South Korea, Iran, Italy and elsewhere have propelled a spike in international cases across more than 150 countries.

UPDATE 22. March 2020: Unprecedented: An estimated 900 million people in 35 countries are now confined to their homes, including 600 million cooped in due to government lockdown orders - the Orwellian games with psychological warfare supported by a real virus scare-drive have so far succeeded.

Bill Gates’ home testing kits open the door for mass incarceration to martial law medical camps

Eugenicist Bill Gates is on it again.

By Dave Hodges - 18. 

In Part One of this series [see below], I reviewed the documentation from 11 years ago which demonstrated how the globalists attempted to employ vaccine checkpoints on the roads and were attempting to make vaccines mandatory for the H1N1 vaccine. Before the dawn of Big Tech censorship, the alt media was able to rise up and stop this attempted takeover of America.

Unfortunately, they are are back and they have new and improved strategies. In order to lessen the reliance of vaccine compliance roadblocks everywhere, they are bringing the roadblocks to your home in the form of Bill Gates home testing.

UPDATE 23. March 2020: Like Freedom? Then You Won’t Like the FREEDOM Act (Orwellian New-Speak at works!] 

UPDATE 18. March 2020: Coronavirus scare - the hoax of the century?

PROLOGUE: The coronavirus, which is at present creating worldwide havoc, was initially called 2019-nCoV for '2019 novel coronavirus' and is identified now as SARS-CoV-2 (Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2), while the disease is called COVID-19 for 'Corona Virus Infectious Disease 2019'. Get your case number updates from HERE or HERE; and please realize that - like influenza - it already has spread circumpolar with most cases not properly tested or even recorded. 

The Coronavirus Hoax

Outspoken Ron Paul calls the Coronavirus affair a political hoax.

By Ron Paul - 16. March 2020

Governments love crises because when the people are fearful they are more willing to give up freedoms for promises that the government will take care of them. After 9/11, for example, Americans accepted the near-total destruction of their civil liberties in the PATRIOT Act’s hollow promises of security.

It is ironic to see the same Democrats who tried to impeach President Trump last month for abuse of power demanding that the Administration grab more power and authority in the name of fighting a virus that thus far has killed less than 100 Americans.

UPDATE 17. March 2020: Prof. Francis Boyle Update on Coronavirus Bioweapon

PROLOGUE: Indigenous Communities and First Nations must be all on RED ALERT ! The days of biological warfare against Indigenous people using smallpox and measles have never really ended, while new disease vectors are invented and dispatched.

COVID-19 and the CIA’s Biological Warfare on Cuba

Dr. Death in form of medical personel employed by weapon labs is responsible for thousands of crimes against humanity.
Prof. Boyle stated the U.S. alone has 13,000 scientists involved in illegal biowarfare work.  People doing this  inhumane work must be held accountable.

By Timothy Alexander Guzman - 16. March 2020

Maybe it was a plan that went horribly wrong, something they could no longer control. Was the Corona virus or COVID-19 spread intentionally? What if this virus was used against China as a weapon of choice to destabilize China’s economy and push back against China’s growing influence? We don’t know for sure, but it is possible. Investigations are ongoing. Nothing has been confirmed yet.

But what has been confirmed is what history has taught us given the facts on how the use of biological warfare for various purposes, against many peoples and nations has been happening for some time. One of the most well-known incidents of biological warfare occurred in 1763, the British Empire had planned and successfully managed to spread smallpox virus to the Native Americans during the Pontiac Rebellion in Pennsylvania. Chief Pontiac of the Ottawa launched an attack on Fort Detroit, a British military base.

Coronavirus, Economic Networks, and Social Fabric

We will get trough this together!

By — 15. March 2020

Connections will be strained in the coming weeks—some of them interpersonal and local, some economic and global. It’s up to us to nourish the connections that are most essential, while finding backups for those that can no longer be relied on.

The COVID-19 pandemic offers intriguing insights into how networked our modern world has become, and how we’ve traded resilience for economic efficiency. Case in point: someone gets sick in China in December of 2019, and by March of 2020 the US shale oil industry is teetering on the brink. What’s the chain of connection?

PROLOGUE: Please realize that you are a pawn and an actor with a prescribed role in a global pandemium, designed to advance Global Governance and to prepare for the next stage of the Orwellian BigBrother-BigSister Games. Adapt, where it is medically necessary for your own and the good of other people next to you, but resist otherwise - wherever you still can. Remove those who abuse the imposed strict measures from office immediately. Know that the right to self-defence overrules any other man-made laws and regulations - even the Medical Martial Law the Powers-That-Never-Should-Be have prepared so neatly over the last ten years with only few objecting. Don't panic, but work hard to put the Jinni back into the bottle and the "leaders" back onto their place to serve rather than to rule!

World closes borders, restricts travel to contain coronavirus spread

Trump's Israeli friend Netanyahu deployed now anti-terrorist tracking technology to hunt possible contact persons of people who caught the corona virus. Other authoritarian states will try to follow and abuse the Medical Martial Laws.

By Reuters -  14. March 2020

Countries around the world on Saturday continued to close borders, impose strict entry and quarantine requirements and restrict large gatherings in efforts to contain the spread of the new coronavirus.

Apple Inc (AAPL.O) said it will close all its retail stores worldwide, outside Greater China, until March 27. Apple reopened all 42 of its branded stores in China on Friday as the spread of the virus on mainland China slowed dramatically.

Countries have shuttered museums, tourist attractions and sporting events to minimize the risk of coronavirus transmission, with more than 138,000 people worldwide infected and more than 5,000 dead.

PROLOGUE: Thanks to all of you, who had signed the petition to Judge Anthony Trenga and provided support against the injustice. The struggle to squash the exorbitant and unjustified fine continues.

Judge Releases Manning After Suicide Attempt, Effectively Fines Her Supporters $256,000

The USAmerican injustice system had to release Chelsea Manning, but bites back shamefully with unjustified fines. Great scam.

By Caitlin Johnstone - 13. 

Judge releases Manning: Whistleblower Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning has been released after a suicide attempt, now facing fines of US$256,000.

Judge Anthony Trenga Releases Manning

after her suicide attempt. A federal judge has released whistleblower Chelsea Manningfrom jail following a suicide attempt and a year behind bars, while ordering her to pay more than a quarter-million dollars in contempt of court fines. After spending seven years in prison under draconian conditionsfor exposing US war crimes, Manning was re-imprisoned one year ago in an attempt to coerce her to testify in a grand jury related to WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange. When Manning continued to refuse to testify on a principled stand of opposition to the unjust and corrupt practice of secret grand juries, she began getting slammed with fines of $1,000 per day in an attempt by judge Anthony Trenga to “coerce” her into testifying.