In an interview with FRANCE 24, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet warned that some governments were taking advantage of emergency powers imposed amid the Covid-19 crisis to stifle dissent. She also called for the response to the pandemic to be "driven by science-based facts", rather than politics or the economy.
Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread violations of human rights. The United Nations observes International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on the 25th of November, to raise awareness and trigger action to end this global issue. The date marks the brutal assassination in 1960, of the three Mirabal sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic.