The Australian Human Rights Institute has launched a new web portal called On Guard to keep track of how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting on human rights.

On Guard takes its inspiration from the idea that human rights are both a shield and a sword to protect the dignity of all people. Having an overview of the pandemic’s trajectory and a record of its human rights impacts is crucial in keeping governments and businesses accountable during these unprecedented times. This record of the disparities and deficiencies that are emerging will also inform better practices and response mechanisms for the future.

The new portal will share news, opinions, and policy briefings on COVID-19 across the human rights spectrum. Some of the categories include civil and political rights, gender, migration and refugees, disability, health and environment.

While the portal will organise the most useful resources for researchers, an accompanying On Guard newsletter brings subscribers a snapshot of the week in COVID-19 and human rights.

Since the newsletter began nine weeks ago, it has evolved from a collection of news and opinion articles to include a place to promote online seminars on COVID-19 and rights, and letters from people working to defend human rights during the pandemic.

Search the portal and subscribe to the On-guard newsletter on the Australian Human Rights Institute website.