Saint Joseph / 27.07.2021 19:29:35
The Inter-American Court of Human Rights (I / A Court HR) ordered Panama that guarantees access to health services for the irregular migrants that it cares for in hostels, which includes tests and treatments against covid-19, as well as their inclusion in the vaccination program.
“Require the Panama State to ensure, immediately and effectively, access to essential health services without discrimination for all people at the Lajas Blancas Migration Reception Station, including early detection and treatment covid-19“, indicates the resolution of the Court in the framework of a process of supervision of a sentence related to migrants issued in 2010.
The resolution published this Tuesday indicates that, in accordance with the principles of equality and non-discrimination, “States must guarantee that migrants have access to vaccination programs without any distinction based on their nationality or immigration status, under the same conditions as nationals and residents “.
“This court understands that, in the current context, the escasez of vaccines against covid-19 It is difficult in many countries to guarantee that all people have immediate access to vaccines, so it is necessary to establish priority groups. In this regard, the States may only establish objective and reasonable distinctions when they are made with due respect for human rights, “the court noted.
The judges highlighted the importance of “the international community taking actions to ensure a global and equitable distribution of vaccines.”
In its resolution, the Inter-American Court It positively valued the will expressed by the Panamanian State to include migrants in the vaccination scheme.
In this sense, the court urged Panama to “explain clearly and in detail the measures that will be adopted, as well as the group or phase in which they will be vaccinated to ensure that they areeffective and non-discriminatory way their right to life and health in the context of the current serious health crisis “.
The Inter-American Court also kept in force the provisional measures in favor of the migrants who are in the Lajas Blancas Migration Reception Station, in the Province of Darién, on the border with Colombia, for which it ordered Panama to “continue to adopt all appropriate measures to effectively protect their rights to health, personal integrity and life.”
These measures also apply to the San Vicente Migration Reception Station and in the receiving community of Bajo Chiquito, in the Province of Darién.
Panama is a transit zone for thousands of irregular migrants seeking to cross Central America as part of a long journey mainly to the United States.
Due to the pandemic and border closures, thousands of these migrants were stranded in Panamanian shelters, prompting the matter to be addressed by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights before complaints about poor conditions in those places.