Around the globe, children’s rights are seriously affected by the coronavirus outbreak. So says Marc Dullaert, founding Chairman of the International Children’s Rights Organization KidsRights with the release of the annual KidsRights Index 2020,which was developed in collaboration with the Erasmus School of Economics and the International Institute of Social Studies. Read more here:

The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic is impacting all elements of society. As governments respond to this urgent crisis, it is imperative that all actions taken to tackle the virus and its spread be human rights based. While it is true that the virus does not discriminate, it is accentuating and exacerbating longstanding inequalities in our societies, leaving particular groups exposed to heightened vulnerability. Groups who were already vulnerable or on the margins of society require particular attention to ensure the promotion and protection of their rights.

Among these groups requiring targeted attention and action are children of incarcerated parents, including both children residing in prisons with their parents or caregivers, or under house arrest and those separated from their parents or caregivers by incarceration. The Covid-19 pandemic and State responses to it pose specific challenges for the full enjoyment of the rights of these children and their families. States must remember that the children of those held in detention are rights holders, and that their rights must be considered in all Covid-19 responses which impact upon them.