A joint written statement titled: “COVID-19 and Human Rights Education” was submitted by 18 NGOs to the 44th session of the Human Rights Council.

The statement highlights four key actions:

  1. The rise of manifestation of racism, xenophobia, and discrimination such hate speech and hate crime, highlights the urgent need to accelerate the process of integrating human rights education for all young people, including those with disabilities, into all public and private educational systems and curricula, to foster a future generation that can uphold
    and defend their own rights as well as the rights of others, standing up against injustice and develop a sense of common humanity.
  2. The participation and voices of all youth is essential, particularly those who are most marginalized. This is crucial, to ensure that their firsthand experiences can contribute towards building truly inclusive, equal and just societies, ensuring that no one is left behind.
  3. Access to funds and resources for organizations working on human rights education with youth should be guaranteed, especially in these crucial times, ensuring that existing and future programmes are prioritized and funding ring-fenced.
  4. States must ensure that all people, without exception of any kind, and based on the
    principles of equality and non-discrimination, have access to accurate, reliable, and timely information about COVID-19 and to education about their human rights, including health, in a variety of accessible languages and formats.

Full statement is available HERE.