UN human rights chief: Some governments are using COVID 19 to stifle dissent

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The UN Human Rights chief warns some governments are taking advantage of emergency powers imposed during the pandemic to stifle dissent. Michelle Bachelet said some governments are using lockdowns and curfews to crack down on political foes, human rights defenders and journalists. She said the response to the pandemic should be “driven by science-based facts”, rather than politics or the economy.

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