COVID-19: what are we doing in the context of the global pandemic?
The health situation and its socio-economic impacts have seriously deepened pre-existing inequalities globally and have challenged our models of governance.
The general emergency context forces us to make the following questions. Will we stay as unequal after the pandemic? Will we be able to attend each voice and to construct democracies in which each one has a place? We are witnessing a historical and foundational moment which requires to rethink the mid and long terms. However, to do so, we also need to provide immediate responses.
In the last weeks, ACIJ’s agenda has been mainly focused on actions and proposals to address structural problems affecting human rights – more specifically- economic, social and cultural rights, which have aggravated due to the pandemic of COVID-19.
1. RIGHT TO HOUSING
We warned about the lack of adequate public policies to assist homeless people.
Together with other civil society organizations and the Public Defenders’ Office of the City of Buenos Aires, we submitted a note to the city government warning about the lack of adequate public policies for homeless people amidst the COVID-19 crisis. More information
We proposed seven urgent measures to fight against COVID-19 from a comprehensive habitat approach
In the context of the policies that are being implemented at national level to stop the expansion of the pandemic, together with Habitar Argentina, we proposed seven lines of action to address different housing needs. More information
We analyzed the policies aimed at alleviating the situation of tenants
The Argentine government decided to benefit tenants and those who have mortgages due to the economic and social crisis as a consequence of the pandemic. We analyzed the salient points of these social measures. More information
We made a series of recommendations for a specific COVID-19 protocol to act in the case of slums and informal settlements
The health emergency cannot be addressed equally in places where rights are not guaranteed as in the rest of the city of Buenos Aires. More information
We adapted the webpage Caminos de la Villa to detect emergencies in popular neighbourhoods in the context of COVID-19
We launched a tool to identify pandemic related problems in the slums of the city of Buenos Aires and provide useful information to those living in these neighbourhoods. In order to do so, we worked together with WINGU to create a new version of the internet platform Caminos de la Villa. More information
We disseminated updated data on the situation of slums and informal settlements in the context of Covid-19
The Civil Association for Equality and Justice (ACIJ) and WINGU have launched a new version of the web platform “Caminos de la Villa”, which includes updated information on COVID-19 per neighborhood, including the number of infected persons and the detected difficulties to access basic services such as drinking water and food, among other urgent needs. The platform also contains key information on health prevention and access to rights for these disadvantaged communities. More information
2. CHILDREN’S RIGHTS
We called to stop violence against children and youth
In the context of social emergency, adequate mechanisms must be put on place to guarantee the rights of children and youth, especially those victims of violence. It is urgent for the different levels of the State to debate the different kinds of violence and to secure effective channels to report, ask for assistance and emotional support. More information
We claimed for the access to school lunches for children that depend on transport to go to school
The Argentine government established that those children that assist to public schools and receive lunches should continue to access to this food despite of the quarantine by taking away the meals at the door of the establishment in order to guarantee food security. However, some families that use school transport to go to school could not pick up the meals. Therefore, ACIJ asked to government of the city of Buenos Aires to guarantee the right to food of children during the confinement period. More information
We claimed for access to school food for people living in a segregated urban area
Children living in Saldías neighborhood, a segregated area in the city of Buenos Aires, are experiencing difficulties to access food distributed by schools, which deepens inequalities during the pandemic, since every child has the right to a daily meal in public schools even during the lockdown. For this reason, we asked the city government to respond and provide solutions for this situation, including a food distribution spot close to the neighborhood. More information
3. RIGHTS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
We reported cuts in the financial support for students with disabilities
The Superintendence of Health Services established cuts in the benefits to pay for educational supports for children with disabilities. This decision endangers the educational continuity of those who receive support and aggravates the obstacles they face to access their right to education. More information
We asked to put an end to the institutionalization of mental health patients
In the context of the mandatory social confinement, we asked to reflect on the current mental health system, based on the institutionalization of patients. When the quarantine ends, more than 12 thousand people in Argentina will continue to be confined in mental institutions not knowing when it will end. More information
We participated in the webinar : «Inclusive education: challenges and responses in times of COVID-19»
Together with other Latin American experts on inclusive education we debated on the challenges the COVID-19 crisis poses for the education of children with disabilities and how to face them. More information
We asked the State for information regarding persons with disabilities and the measures being taken to guarantee their rights
Access to information is key to promote advocacy strategies to guarantee the rights of persons with disabilities, in order to avoid the worsening of their situation of vulnerability. Seguí leyendo
4. ACCESS TO JUSTICE
We disseminated information on the rights of vulneralized groups during confinement
Together with academics and other civil society organizations, we compiled and disseminated legal information on the policies that impact the life of the most vulneralized groups for them to learn about their rights in the context of social isolation. Seguir leyendo
We warned about the legal actions carried out by the National Human Rights Secretariat.
We urged the Judiciary to implement short-term measures to prevent the effects of the pandemic producing a critical situation in the jails of Argentina. Seguí leyendo
We launched a regional statement to warn about the effects of the pandemic on social justice
Together with other Latin American members of the Global Network for Legal Empowerment, we released a joint statement in which we warned about the potential increase of social and economic inequalities due to the pandemic impacts and asked for the rights of most vulneralized groups to be guaranteed and fulfilled. More information
5. MORE TRANSPARENCY
In light of reports on overcharging in emergency purchases committed by the national government, we proposed improvements in the procurement system of the Argentine state
State purchases paying prizes over market prices question the efficiency of the current procurement system, which fails to prevent inadequate conducts of state officials. In order to revert some of these practices that facilitated the purchase of food at overcharged prices in the context of the emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we made a series of recommendations. More information
We produced a series of observations in relation to the Economic and Financial Emergency Act of the city of Buenos Aires
The project includes problematic proposals in the light of the basic principles of democracy and affects the allocation of essential resources for vulneralized sectors of the city. More information
Together with the Argentine Civil Society Collective for Open Government we sent a letter to the national, provincial and local governments, and to the Judiciary and the Congress of Argentina.
The principles of open government should be considered as a necessary part to address the pandemic and as a way to provide agile responses to the health crisis. More information
6. A FAIRER TAX POLICY
We made recommendations to contribute for a fairer tax policy respectful of ESCR in the context of the pandemic
We elaborated a document that compiles international human rights treaty bodies and tax experts’ recommendations in order to provide a rights-based approach guidance to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the light of these recommendations, we analyzed the first actions implemented by the Argentine government and we identified their impact on the public budget. More information
Together with other Latin American organizations, we called the States to adopt an unprecedented fiscal redistribution policy. We also called multilateral institutions to free fiscal space to avoid a human rights crisis
The fiscal policy is a fundamental tool to strengthen the health system in the context of COVID-19 after years of regression due to “austerity policies”. More information
7. THINKING ABOUT THE POST-PANDEMIC
We elaborated an op-ed on the post-pandemic scenario: “Seven global problems that the COVID-19 helps as to see”
The current context offers a unique opportunity to adopt new perspectives. To ask ourselves if it is desirable for a post-pandemic scenario to imitate the pre-pandemic world. We make a call to rethink about seven critical issues for which, now more than ever, our personal points of view could incorporate some new useful elements. More information.Scridb filter