11 February 2021
A Human Rights Watch report documenting violations of the right to free speech and peaceful assembly during the pandemic.
Report: Covid-19 Triggers Wave of Free Speech Abuse (Human Rights Watch, link):
"At least 83 governments worldwide have used the Covid-19 pandemic to justify violating the exercise of free speech and peaceful assembly, Human Rights Watch said today. Authorities have attacked, detained, prosecuted, and in some cases killed critics, broken up peaceful protests, closed media outlets, and enacted vague laws criminalizing speech that they claim threatens public health. The victims include journalists, activists, healthcare workers, political opposition groups, and others who have criticized government responses to the coronavirus."
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