Ensuring Respect and Protection of Economic and Social Rights During and After the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Initiative for Social and Economic Rights (ISER)
This edition of the Economic & Social Rights Advocacy (ESRA) Brief, which has as its theme, “The Protection and Respect for Economic and Social Rights During and Post the COVID-19 Pandemic,” is timely, motivated as it is by the global outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has intensified focus on the realization of economic, social and cultural rights (ESCRs) – not only in Uganda but throughout the world. Uganda confirmed its first case of coronavirus (COVID-19) on March 21, 2020, spurring the government to adopt various measures in a bid to contain the spread of the virus. This included the introduction of a national lockdown, which suspended all non-essential economic and social activity, effectively subjecting the entire population to temporary home confinement, with public excursions and the use of public and private vehicles prohibited save for limited exceptions (which in the case of transportation required pre-authorization by a government official).