UN experts on Tuesday called on governments to respect human rights while combatting the coronavirus pandemic.

In a joint statement by the chairs of the 10 UN Treaty Bodies, the experts called on states to ensure equal access to health care to all without any discrimination.

“Only by including all people in COVID-19 strategies can the pandemic be combatted,” said Hilary Gbedemah, chairwoman of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women.

Experts also warned states to take extra care of vulnerable people such as “elders, people with disabilities, minorities, indigenous peoples, refugees, asylum seekers and migrants, people

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