Organizations from Asia and Europe held online forum on increasing political repression amid COVID-19May 21, 2021
The onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic was preceded by the rise of authoritarian strong-man rule, especially countries in the global south, resulting in multi-faceted disasters. Several governments exploited the health crisis by imposing measures that curbed freedom of speech and freedom of assembly. Some governments have maximized the opportunity to railroad their political and neoliberal economic agenda, most of which are against the people’s interest such as what is happening in Myanmar, India, Indonesia and the Philippines. There are also countless cases of human rights violations perpetrated by state security forces and enforcement of antidemocratic laws meant to silence critics and consolidate political power.