Human Rights and COVID 19 The Impacts on Vulnerable Groups

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Thaís Rezende Cardoso
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The COVID-19 pandemic has once again reminded us of the myriad inequalities inherent in our world, whether in terms of gender, culture or opportunity. These inequalities that have been faced over the years by us and trying to be remedied through human rights. However, documenting our rights does not guarantee that we will be fully supported by them at all times. In this sense, this study aims to highlight the main effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the human rights of vulnerable groups. In this way, it analyses possible violations or disrespect for these rights. To achieve this objective, this research will go through the analysis of two central elements: knowledge of human rights and analysis of some of the vulnerable groups, and to make the research more humane and more supported, with the testimony of people belonging to some of the groups discussed were collected, in order to also see the point of view of people who do not have much knowledge about their rights. In all twenty-four responses obtained, even with different questions for different vulnerable groups, it was possible to verify some satisfaction of the participants with the measures taken by the Irish government during the pandemic. Human rights, in addition to serving internationally shared values and guidelines for the legitimacy of actions, must also be used as guidelines in the fight against COVID-19, in order to prevent vulnerabilities from deepening or even becoming established. The survey concluded with the response that Ireland's position on the COVID-19 crisis was complete and timely. The transparency, the commitment to a relatively open and traditional data policy, the use of traditional media to inform the population, and the frequency of updates from the Department of Health and the Executive of Health Services are commendable and have resulted in a high-level compliance among the general public with the government's various nonmedical measures.
Rezende Cardoso, 2022