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Webinar on human rights protection amid COVID-19 held
May 19,2020   By:en.humanrights.cn
May 19,2020 -- A human rights webinar on international cooperation in fighting the COVID-19 and building a community with a shared future was held on May 18th. The teleconference was sponsored by the China Society for Human Rights Studies and organized by the Institute for Human Rights, China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL). Around 30 experts and officials from China, Sweden, France and Australia joined the virtual event.
 
The experts agreed that in face of the COVID-19 the international community should abandon bias and prejudice and strengthen cooperation. Prof. Zhang Wei, Co-director of the Institute for Human Rights of the CUPL, said that countries should enhance international cooperation to better guarantee human rights amid epidemic prevention and control. Ms. Florence Benoît-Rohmer, Professor at the University of Strasbourg, said China has been coordinating efforts with other countries in the fight against coronavirus. Prof. BURDEKIN Brian from Australia said that international cooperation should align with values of international law and the WHO should continue to play an important role. Mr. He, Zhipeng, Dean of the School of Law at the Jilin University, said that countries should strengthen cooperation in information sharing, scientific research and epidemic prevention.
 
Mr. WILLE Petter, Board Member of the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions, shared his views on how human rights institutions should respond to the epidemic and how governments should cooperate with human rights institutions and non-government organizations to protect human rights. He pointed out that according to the international law, during a national emergency, authorities can impose proper restrictions on certain human rights on the premise of non-discrimination and respecting the interests of vulnerable people. Mr. Lu Zhi’an, Deputy Director of the Human Rights Institute, Fudan University, said that though human rights are equal in essence, in order to protect the rights to health and life that are being endangered during the epidemic, some other human rights have to step back, which accords with human rights laws. Prof. Zhang Wanhong, Executive Director of Wuhan University’s Institute for Human Rights Studies, analyzed the role of traditional Chinese culture in the fight against coronavirus. The positive elements in Chinese culture like serving the society and sense of responsibilities contributed a lot to the epidemic prevention and control.
 
The seminar is the second one of the Pandemic Prevention and Control & Human Rights Protection Conference Series.
 
By:Zhou Tianyu
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