COVID-19 and the Need for a Holistic and Integral Approach to Human Rights Protection

While the pandemic is global, the challenges the individual regions are currently facing in their combat against COVID-19 are different and specific. In Latin America, the combat is embedded in a context of deep social and economic inequality, systematic violence and poverty. As the crisis is likely to exacerbate these structural inequalities it is clear that its implications must be examined in the light of human rights and in the light of intersectionality.

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Once Again, a Laboratory for What Is to Come

The 1980 Constitution of Chile contained different “locks” that have entrenched some of the core social, political, legal and economic arrangements inherited from the dictatorship. While some parts of the original constitution (those most obviously connected to the authoritarian regime) have been changed in the years following its enactment, almost all the “locks” remain in place. The issue with the legitimacy of the Chilean constitution is twofold: its legitimacy is questionable both in terms of its pedigree and in terms of its capacity to keep open the space for political action.

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Plädoyer für eine soziale Grundsicherung in Europa

Das europäische Recht verpflichtet die Mitgliedstaaten nicht, ein System zur Existenzsicherung zu schaffen. Die Spanne zwischen den Existenzsicherungsstandards in den Mitgliedstaaten könnte dementsprechend kaum größer sein. Die Mitgliedstaaten können sich nur gemeinsam zur Existenzsicherung verpflichten. Es wäre effektiv, wenn sie dazu eine entsprechende ausdrückliche Kompetenz auf die Union übertragen würden. Deutsches Verfassungsrecht stünde dem nicht entgegen.

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