Point of view – Amnesty new leader: ‘Our global system of governance has failed’ amid pandemic

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“At this point in the Covid-19 pandemic, even the most deceived leaders would find it difficult to deny that our social, economic and political systems are shattered.” These are the words of Agn├Ęs Callamard, the new secretary general of Amnesty International, at the launch of the annual report of the human rights NGO on Wednesday.

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Callamard, a French national, took up his new post at the end of March. She told TBEN that in responding to the pandemic, most governments have “let down the most vulnerable, the poorest and women.”

Amnesty International’s annual report said the health crisis had revealed “broken” policies and that cooperation was the only way forward.

Since the coronavirus first appeared in China at the end of 2019, the pandemic has claimed nearly 2.9 million lives and infected at least 130 million people worldwide.

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Despite regular appeals for global solidarity from international organizations, the figures show growing inequality in access to vaccines.

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Click on the video player to watch the full interview with TBEN.

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