We are determined not to give into fear or to lose hope.

As the COVID-19 pandemic tears across the world we are all worried about the future. In countries where the virus has hit many have already lost loved ones. Elsewhere people are bracing themselves for the spread of the virus, wondering how stretched healthcare systems can possibly cope. Even for those who haven’t yet been directly affected, COVID-19 is disrupting lives in unimaginable ways.

Whether you are working from home, out of work, self-isolating or caring for others, these are lonely and uncertain times. Life may feel like it’s on hold right now – but the fight for human rights never stops.

Physically distant, but always together in solidarity

Even in times of uncertainty, Amnesty will continue to call out human rights violators wherever we see them.

Government may try to use panic around coronavirus to hide their human rights violations. They should know that we are watching them.

As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads, people across the world face the devastating impact it is having on families, friends and communities. This is a human rights crisis in the most immediate sense – and a reminder of our common humanity, that we are all equal in dignity and human rights. Read more about the effect COVID-19 has on human rights below.

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Looking for things to do while at home?

In times of coronavirus and social distancing, many of us are staying at home. We offer a lot of free human rights courses that can empower you to develop skills that promote equality and respect in your community and worldwide. Why not use your time to learn?

Take our short course on Covid-19 and human rights. It’s free, and it only takes 15 minutes. By the end of the course, you will be able to:

1. Outline the various human rights implications of COVID-19
2. Describe states’ human rights obligations in relation to the pandemic
3. Take action to promote social solidarity and a response to COVID-19 that is compliant with human rights.

Explore other Human Rights courses

Our Amnesty Human Rights Academy offers a suite of free short courses, training a new generation of Human Rights Defenders.

Our common humanity unites us all

Where there are people, there is hope. Even in a global pandemic.


At the same time, it’s important not to give into fear or to lose hope. There have already been some amazing examples of solidarity in the context of this crisis – between neighbours, nations, friends and strangers. Amid all this fear there is much to be hopeful about. If this crisis was unthinkable a few months ago, so too was the notion of so many people doing favours for strangers, or of streets filling with the sound of neighbours singing together. Empathy and care for others are becoming the new normal, and that’s something we should be celebrating.

There are lots of ways you can help, and we’ll be posting tips and ideas for things you can do to show solidarity with others – even if you can’t leave your bedroom. One thing that’s really important at this time is making sure we don’t fall into the trap of demonizing or discriminating against people because of their health status or identity. We have loads of great resources for learning about the human rights applicable to this crisis – the right to health, the right to work, the prohibition

Fear divides us. Hope mobilizes us.

People around the world are coming up with creative ways to keep up the fight for human rights in spite of coronavirus. That’s why we’re committed to spreading #ViralKindness.

As Australia and the rest of the world respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will find new and creative ways to care for ourselves, our loved ones, and our local and global communities. Learn about some simple things you can do to spread some #ViralKindness, and make the world a little bit brighter during this difficult time.

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