Group slams rollback of human rights in Asia

MANILA, Philippines — Governments in Southeast Asia, including the Philippines, have used the COVID-19 pandemic to impose measures that have rolled back human rights in the region, according to Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (Forum-Asia).

Under the pretext of public safety and national security, these governments have either imposed partial or complete lockdowns, social and physical distancing, controlled the release of information, or declared a state of emergency that legitimized the presence of military forces, said Shamini Darshni Kaliemuthu, executive director of Forum-Asia.

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