International Solidarity, Human Rights and Life on the African Continent ‘After’ the Pandemic


  • Obiora Chinedu Okafor York University (Toronto, Canada)



African Law, Human Rights, Covid-19, Marginalised Communities, Solidarity


The COVID-19 pandemic has left a massive amount of disease, death, fear and despair in its stride, and will continue to seriously trouble the world even in its wake. To be sure, Africa has not been spared any of these maladies. In the result, the pandemic has posed a formidable threat to the enjoyment of human rights around the world. More specifically, as is widely recognised, the pandemic (and many of the measures taken to end it) have seriously threatened or harmed the enjoyment by billions of people across the world, the continent included, of the human rights to health, life, education, food, shelter, work, freedom of movement, liberty, and freedom of assembly. Less obvious to many is the fact that the pandemic (and the dominant responses to it) can also constitute serious harm to the enjoyment of the rights to development and democracy, and to freedom from discrimination and gender-based violence. Even more troubling is the fact that these dangers and impacts tend to be exacerbated in the Global South to which Africa belongs geo-politically and identity-wise, and in relation to the poor and the racially marginalised everywhere.


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Author Biography

Obiora Chinedu Okafor, York University (Toronto, Canada)

Professor of Law and York Research Chair in International and Transnational Legal Studies at the Osgoode Hall Law School, York University (Toronto, Canada). He is also the UN Independent Expert on Human Rights and International Solidarity, and a former Chair of the UN Human Rights Council Advisory Committee.




How to Cite

Okafor, O. C. (2021). International Solidarity, Human Rights and Life on the African Continent ‘After’ the Pandemic. Strathmore Law Journal, 5(1), 217–220.



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