Mental Distress and Human Rights Violations: Protect Rights, Dignity amid Covid-19 Crisis

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Journal Title: Commonwealth Law Review Journal
Author(s): Dr. Aditi Sharma
Published On: 28/04/2022
Volume: 8
First Page: 128
Last Page: 143
ISSN: 2581-3382
Publisher: The Law Brigade Publisher

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Dr. Aditi Sharma, Mental Distress and Human Rights Violations: Protect Rights, Dignity amid Covid-19 Crisis, Volume 8, Commonwealth Law Review Journal, 128-143, Published on 28/04/2022, Available at


They say the crisis was the most acute for minority groups such as Dalits, informal workers. The review identified human rights violations associated with adverse mental health consequences such as travel restrictions including solitary confinement and closure, lack of resources, discrimination, xenophobia, discrimination, loss of access to schools and proper education, lack of access to information, and inequality of access to mental health services. high. In addition, the findings of this review emphasize several points in improving our understanding and knowledge of human rights restrictions and violations and their association with mental health during the COVID epidemic. Given these findings, we would like to point out that the rights of people and vulnerable people must be protected in this time of violence and in view of the fact that mental health is one of the fundamental rights, it needs to be prioritized at public policy level.[i] Human rights and mental health are so vulnerable that sometimes public health practices and public policy can jeopardize the great interests of the poorest or most vulnerable. Evidence-based policies may not be representative of all members of the public. Therefore, ethical and rights-based approaches to ensuring that no further damage or deprivation of rights of individuals / groups is a feeling to be taken after the epidemic. Scholars of the Social Science in Humanitarian Action Platform on Friday called on the government to protect the rights of the poor and marginalized in society during the COVID-19 epidemic.

[i] . Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. COVID-19 and Its Human Rights Dimensions: Guidance (2020)

Keywords: Discrimination, Human Crisis, Human Rights, Social Disruption, World Health Organization

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