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After five years of devastating conflict, Yemen now faces an escalating COVID-19 crisis—one that jeopardizes not only Yemeni lives, but global health security. This report explains how Yemen became so vulnerable to COVID-19, traces the impact of the pandemic so far, including the risk to vulnerable groups, and offers a critical perspective on the international action necessary to prevent further catastrophe in a country already suffering the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

Jul 22, 2020
Leah Zamore, Hanny Megally , Tayseer Alkarim
Middle East
Humanitarian Crises
Residents of the Santa Marta favela in Rio de Janeiro during street cleaning to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered what may be the worst global recession since the Second World War—and the economic impact will affect access to justice. The briefing examines how the economic effects of COVID-19 impact common justice problems, and lays out recommendations for how justice systems can anticipate and innovate in response to aid the recovery.

Jul 09, 2020
David Steven, Maaike de Langen
Maaike de Langen

The coronavirus pandemic has placed in sharp relief the urgent need for robust and flexible social protection systems. This Zoom webinar will showcase some of the best recent examples of innovative approaches to action and delivery on social protection from around the world, and will offer lessons for responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, building back better, and accelerating the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Jul 07, 2020
Central African painters contribute through a series of wall frescoes in the 8 districts of the capital

COVID-19 is creating a series of crises that increase the risk of conflict worldwide, and addressing these risks early on and building resilience to them is key to preventing the potential for violence. But the pandemic also brings new opportunities for peacebuilding. This report documents how the United Nations has made positive steps toward implementing a sustaining peace approach in the COVID-19 response so far, and provides recommendations for deepening these gains across the system.

Jul 01, 2020
Céline Monnier
Rohingya women engaged in the production of masks in UN Women-AAB Multi-Purpose Women Centre to protect their community  from COVID-19 and earn an income to support their families.

A group of human rights experts, including CIC's Leah Zamore, co-drafted a statement outlining 14 human rights principles for protecting migrants, refugees, and other displaced persons during and after COVID-19. The principles, which over a thousand legal scholars have signed since late April, have been highlighted by the International Organization on Migration and quoted by the United Nations secretary-general. They are reprinted in full here.

Jun 26, 2020
Humanitarian Crises