SRSG Zahir Tanin calls for upholding human rights in Kosovo in the context of Covid-19
5 April 2020, Pristina - In light of the measures taken to combat COVID-19 and the ongoing public health emergency, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of UNMIK, Zahir Tanin, urgently calls upon all Kosovo institutions and stakeholders to uphold human rights in the fight against COVID-19.
SRSG Tanin underscores the importance of addressing human rights challenges that arise from the ongoing health crisis and measures to contain it. He encourages all institutions and stakeholders to remain vigilant to possible instances of stigmatization and discrimination related to combatting COVID-19 and calls for an inclusive response to ensure no one is left behind. SRSG Tanin also reiterates the recent call of the Kosovo Agency for Personal Data Protection to respect patients’ right to privacy and refrain from disclosing their personal information, including by the media.
“Confident that Kosovo will overcome the challenges that lie ahead, UNMIK stands by all institutions and relevant actors in the fight against COVID-19, while continuing to promote and protect human rights for all in Kosovo”, SRSG Tanin said.
Read about Covid-19 and its human rights dimensions here.