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The Covid-19 Pandemic: Human Rights and Public Health in Japan and the United States

Date and Time

Friday, September 11 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM EDT, US
Friday, September 11 10:00 PM – 11:00 PM JST, Japan

Venue

Online (Webinar)

Abstract

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The COVID-19 pandemic impacts all people, though differently: Many are experiencing social and economic impact, particularly in countries and regions where the infection is widespread. In a public health emergency, such as a pandemic or other disaster, the degree and type of negative impacts vary among people depending upon existing vulnerabilities and socioeconomic status. Public health emergencies exacerbate such susceptibility in many cases.

We need to assess and address human rights impact among vulnerable people and discrimination against the infected/at-risk populations. A human rights-based approach is a powerful conceptual framework that focuses on the rights of vulnerable or discriminated people. In this webinar, we present and discuss the latest human rights situations and challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic both in Japan and the United States.

(This webinar is held in English.)

Moderator

Alicia Ely Yamin, JD MPH
Senior Fellow, Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology and Bioethics, Harvard Law School
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Panelists

Eriko Sase, Ph.D.
Visiting researcher, Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University /
Adjunct faculty, The University of Tokyo /
Visiting professor, Saitama Prefectural University /
Member, ‘The Lancet Commission on the Value of Death’
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Tokuko Munesue, Ph.D.
Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences, Waseda University
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