UN Says Pandemic Treaty Fails To Address Human-Rights Issues

2 Mins Read Deepanwita Dey 10 Nov 2023
UN Says Pandemic Treaty Fails To Address Human-Rights Issues

The UN speaks up about the current pandemic treaty and how it fails to determine basic human rights. Upon its future planning for the new pandemic 2023 treaty on November 6-11, the four rights organization spoke about this concern.

The talk was specifically focused on the state’s failure to promote health rights and benefit from scientific progress. This can lead to another unexpected pandemic like the world faced in the COVID-19 pandemic.

After the last lockdown, the UN planned an international prevention, response, and preparedness instrument. The latest Intergovernmental Negotiating Body is about what news changes states should bring about in this instrument.

Since its inception, this UN body has been working rigorously to prevent world epidemics threatening to wipe out a considerable amount of the world population. However, the states are not paying much attention to the lessons learned, and the current amendment is a weak rendition of it. Showing that states are not getting the right crisis response for future pandemics.

The four UN bodies working behind this – The Global Initiative for Economic, Social & Cultural Rights, Amnesty International, and the International Commission of Jurists.

Bodies For The Instrument

“Creating a new pandemic 2023 treaty will give states an opportunity to prepare and equip to prevent such unexpected situations again. Every cooperation & principle should have the mechanism to prevent this level of devastation again.” Said Tamaryn Nelson, the legal advisor at Amnesty International. (Source)

We cannot risk another one of such devastating situations. However, the drafting for each state has failed to be effective. It has also seen less involvement from the criminalized and marginalized communities.

The last pandemic treaty is the Civil Society Alliance for Human Rights, which draws attention to ensuring full participation from every community. However, many disregards this, and the treaty completely became a corporate demand. It sought policy positions from high-income governments protecting the powers of the private pharmaceutical industry.

The latest demand seeks to prevent the limited references, amend the existing human rights, and bring a better response to future pandemics.

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