COVID-19 and Atrocity Prevention

The appearance of COVID-19 and the subsequent global pandemic has put immense pressure on governments and economies around the world as they deal with the health, social, political and economic effects of the pandemic. When these effects meet underlying tensions in a state's governance structures, the potential for atrocity crimes to occur increases. 

In the Asia Pacific, COVID-19 has the potential to further harm populations already vulnerable to atrocity crimes, contribute to triggering events and underlying risk factors that could cause atrocity crimes, and limit the region's response capabilities. APR2P has developed a briefing memo for key stakeholders in the region that provides an overview of COVID-19's effects on atrocity crime risk in the Asia Pacific, and can be viewed below.

COVID-19 and Atrocity Crime Prevention in the Asia Pacific (PDF, 216KB).

APR2P is currently undertaking further research into the effects the global pandemic will have on the risk of atrocity crimes in the Asia Pacific. Further content will be published on this page in the near future. 

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