On Guard takes its inspiration from the idea that human rights are both a shield and a sword to protect the dignity of all people.
Protecting human rights requires more vigilance than ever in a time of crises.
The Australian Human Rights Institute has created this portal to share news, reflections, and policy advances on COVID-19 across the human rights spectrum. It will organise some of the most interesting sources available, and the highlights will be shared weekly in the On Guard newsletter.
As we are all witnessing, the scale and severity of this pandemic is having indiscriminate effects on global social, economic and political structures.
Having an overview of the pandemics’ trajectory and its human rights impacts is crucial in keeping governments and businesses accountable during these unprecedented times. It is also important to keep a record of the disparities and deficiencies that emerge, as this will inform better practices and response mechanisms for the future.