May 07, 2020
Covid-19 and the Rights of Persons With Disabilities
The global pandemic is exacerbating discrimination against, and challenges faced by, persons with physical and mental disabilities. Some may face increased risk of becoming infected or seriously-ill with COVID-19, including in institutions, and others may face obstacles in accessing healthcare and other necessary services and supplies. How can advocates promote a disability rights-based response to the pandemic, including one that centers persons with disabilities in decision-making on prevention and containment measures? Join us for a talk with Catalina Devandas Aguilar (UN Special Rapporteur on Rights of Persons with Disabilities), Mohamed Farah (Somali Disability Empowerment Network), Ben Gauntlett (Disability Rights Commissioner, Australia), and Amanda McRae (Women Enabled International); moderated by Elizabeth Emens (Columbia).
The series is organized by the Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute, Duke Law’s International Human Rights Clinic, Columbia Law School’s Center for Gender and Sexuality Law, and Just Security. Free and open to the public. Join events via Zoom here (password: 200022).
This event is co-sponsored by: Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, American University Washington College of Law; Center for International Human Rights Law and Advocacy, University of Wyoming College of Law; Center for International Human Rights, Northwestern’s Bluhm Legal Clinic; Cornell International Human Rights Clinic: Litigation and Advocacy; Duke Environmental Law and Policy Clinic; Georgetown Law Human Rights Institute; Human Rights Center, University of Dayton; Human Rights Center, University of Minnesota Law School; Human Rights Program, Harvard Law School; Human Rights Watch; Institute for the Study of Human Rights, Columbia University; International Commission of Jurists; International Human Rights Clinic, University of Chicago Law School; International Human Rights Law Clinic, UC Berkeley; Open Society Justice Initiative; Opinio Juris; Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy, Northeastern Law School; Promise Institute for Human Rights, UCLA; Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights; Tanner Humanities Center, University of Utah.