A Community Rights Monitor

SOS

Individuals and families most at risk during the Covid-19 pandemic are the very people our society has undervalued and left behind: essential workers, the homeless, the unemployed, asylum seekers, the sick and many more. They are still at risk today. Incredible work is being done at grassroots level - but it cannot reach everyone. Find out who is being left behind, see if you can provide support and help campaign for long-term change.

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Solidarity

The Covid-19 pandemic has produced an upsurge in social solidarity. Across the island, communities are organising to provide practical support to each other with a focus on the most vulnerable. Organisations and movements are redoubling their efforts to tackle the root causes of inequality and ensure we build a better tomorrow. We're building a map of this activity. Use it to make contact with others.

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Vigilance

The Covid-19 pandemic has laid bare the dangers of inequality and the need for strong public services. There can be no return to the policies of the past which left us so vulnerable. Emergency measures are being adopted weekly by the state to temporarily reverse these policies - housing the homeless, providing universal health care, guaranteeing basic levels of social security and much more. We have to hold on to and expand these basic protections.

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Exposure

Privatisation has weakened our public safety net, creating homelessness, poverty wages, waiting queues for health care and food banks. Our health, housing, access to social security and ability to communicate online depends on companies we know little about. We need to know who benefits in the midst of social insecurity and - for far too many - misery. Companies who have benefited from privatisation, or are profiting from the delivery of essential services during the pandemic, are profiled in this section.

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Scrutiny

In times of crisis, scrutiny of the state and private power is more important than ever. Policies promoting 'herd immunity' at the expesne of the vulnerable, political decisions not to close schools and companies in the name of 'following the science', ignoring Covid-19 deaths in nursing homes, failures to secure and provide personal protective equipment to frontline staff and failures to test effectively - all have been challenged by people speaking out and refusing to be silenced. We need to stay alert. We need brave voices to challenge power and provide a vision of how we can collectively emerge from this crisis stronger than we were before.

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Your Fundamental Rights

Rights are not rewards. Rights are not gifts. Your rights are not privileges to be granted at the discretion of those more powerful. Rights are our protections against abuses of power; they are guarantors of a dignified life for ourselves and our communities.

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Housing

The human right to adequate housing is the right of every woman, man, youth and child to have a safe and secure home in which to live in peace and dignity.

Miloon Kothari, first UN Housing Rapporteur
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Income

Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself [sic] and of his [sic] family...

Article 25, UN Declaration of Human Rights
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Food

The right to food is realized when every man, woman and child has physical and economic access at all times to adequate food or means for its procurement.

General Comment 12, UN CESCR
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Health

Everyone should have access to health-care, when and where they need it, without suffering financial hardship. No one should get sick and die just because they are poor.

World Health Organisation
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Internet

Communication is a basic human need [and] central to the Information Society. No one should be excluded from its benefits.

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SOS: Housing
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