The best response is one that responds proportionately to immediate threats while protecting human rights and the rule of law.ANTONIO GUTERRESSecretary-General
UN Response to COVID-19
The unprecedented COVID-19 crisis has resulted in major social, political and legal challenges globally. As states around the world adopt emergency measures to address the crisis, it is critical that they continue to uphold the rule of law, protect and respect international standards and basic principles of legality, and the right to access justice, remedies and due process.
United Nations entities have collaborated and strengthened collective efforts to provide Member States with expertise, advise and resources to deal with legal and justice challenges. UN peace operations and Agencies, Funds and Programmes are actively helping to disseminate and implement health protocols in prisons, decongest detention facilities and address the specific impact of COVID-19 on children and women in these facilities and operational guidelines on law enforcement. The resources also highlight the urgency of continued access to justice and respect for human rights, as well as the impact of COVID-19 on transnational crimes and trafficking of persons.
In all these efforts, the Global Focal Point for the Rule of Law, comprising of UNDP, DPO, UNHCR, OHCHR, UN Women, UNODC, UNOPS; has ensured greater coherence, coordination and impact