Authoritarian leaders have all looked to take advantage of the outbreak and the ensuing chaos to give themselves extraordinary new powers, while elections get delayed or forced to go ahead. Security forces have been empowered to conduct brutal crackdowns, free speech has been censored, privacy has been eroded.
Vladimir Putin has taken surveillance to a whole new level. The combined monitoring system would pull in data from: location tracking apps, CCTV cameras with facial recognition, QR codes, mobile phone data, and credit card records. The Kremlin is preparing to release the new plans early next week. An opposition party has already labeled the measures a “cyber-gulag” warning that the restrictions will remain in force even after the pandemic ends.
Hun Sen’s emergency bill is a “recipe for dictatorship,” according to Human Rights Watch. The “Law on Governing the Country in a State of Emergency,” features provisions that will allow the government to censor all media and social media, monitor all telephone communications, and there’s even a catch-all provision to bring in any new law they can think of. And to no one’s surprise, the new powers won’t end when the coronavirus emergency is over.
China doesn’t really needs an excuse for a surveillance plan like Putin’s. But China did take the opportunity to impose a new color-coded surveillance app designed to say if a citizen was free to travel or not — and all the information the app collected went to the police.
President Rodrigo Duterte ordered police and military personnel to “shoot dead” members of the opposition and protesters who object to his lockdown measures. Police have held people in dog cages for breaching curfew, while another police captain forced LGBTQ+ people to kiss in public and do a ‘sexy dance’ — all while streaming the whole thing live on Facebook. Humanity has left the chat.
The government raided a shelter for LGBTQ+ people and took 20 individuals into custody, claiming they were violating rules on assemblies of more than 10 people. The incident marks a growing trend of excessive police brutality being used to enforce the strict lockdown in the country.
The current regime is seeking to force through the presidential election next month, despite a ban on campaigning due to the health crisis — a move the opposition says highly favors the incumbent, President Andrzej Duda.
President Nana Akufo-Addo has introduced draconian new powers that don’t even mention COVID-19 in the legislation. “The new law gives him a loaded gun to use as he pleases, especially in restricting people’s movements,” Ras Mubarak, an MP for opposition National Democratic Congress, told the BBC.
President Alexander Lukashenko is a bit different. He has taken a more relaxed approach to the coronavirus pandemic. Instead of a lockdown, Lukashenko is threatening his citizens’ lives by keeping the country open and advocating taking hot saunas, working the fields, and vodka, “to clean your hands and your insides.” But the president’s approach is not working, and the health ministry reported a spike in cases in the country this week.
President Nicolas Maduro isn’t putting up with anyone questioning his country’s preparedness to deal with the coronavirus. According to Reuters, authorities in Caracas have tried to arrest seven different critics of the government’s preparedness for the coronavirus.
As the Thai king isolates himself in a luxury Swiss resort, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan Ocha can now arbitrarily impose curfews and censor the news media thanks to new emergency laws. Journalists have already been sued and intimidated for criticizing the government’s response to the outbreak.
The government’s decision to enact a “state of catastrophe” may have been a response to the coronavirus pandemic, but it’s had the added benefit for the country’s rulers of silencing raging dissent and protests by sending the military into the streets.
Last month, Interim President Jeanine Áñez issued a decree that rights groups say is overly broad and allows the government to prosecute anyone who criticizes government policies, violating free speech protections.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has approved the use of secret cellphone data to track the coronavirus outbreak. The highly personalized information, originally developed for counterterrorism, will be used by his internal security agency. Those who breach the home-quarantine rules face up to six months in prison. Netanyahu has also ordered all the courts to close, which means his own scheduled appearance to face corruption charges will be delayed.
The government in Dhaka is cracking down on any criticism of its handling of the pandemic response. In recent weeks it has arrested at least a dozen people, including a doctor, opposition activists, and students, for their comments about coronavirus, most of them under the draconian Digital Security Act.
Prime Minister Ana Brnabić approved a decree that gave the government total control over information during the crisis. Only after a reporter was arrested for coverage of the situation in a hospital in the city of Novi Sad, did Brnabić revoke the order.
Authorities in Myanmar have used coronavirus to expand information censorship by blocking hundreds of websites in the name of combating disinformation. But the block includes the websites of registered ethnic media agencies, including several in Rakhine State, where the government has already severely restricted internet access. Also, three street artists were arrested after influential Buddist hard-liners said an image portraying a grim reaper figure spreading the virus looked like a Buddhist monk.
Activists have raised serious concerns about the new powers police have to enforce lockdown measures in Kenya. These concerns were heightened when a teenage boy looking out from the balcony of his home was shot and killed by police enforcing a curfew. Police have also fired tear gas at ferry passengers and have been filmed hitting people with batons.
People violating quarantine rules were made to do star jumps and threatened with a taser. Others were asked to repeat “I won’t leave my house again, officer” while lying face down on the floor. Videos of the punishments were praised by the country’s interior minister “I congratulate them. I don’t have the same creativity as those that are making the videos,” he said.
The country is taking a unique approach to the pandemic: ignoring it. Despite neighboring Iran suffering huge casualties, Turkmenistan is one of the last countries in the world to have no reported cases of coronavirus. President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov instead is reportedly directing police to arrest citizens who publicly discuss the pandemic.
In Cairo, where President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has been accused of downplaying the extent of the coronavirus outbreak, the government revoked the credentials of two journalists for reporting on Canadian epidemiologists who estimated Egypt’s coronavirus infections had surpassed 19,000.
Victor Orban has really taken advantage of the emergency situation. Not only did he introduce legislation that allowed him to rule by decree but he also forgot to put a sunset clause in the legislation, meaning only he can decide when his new powers come to an end.
President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi is taking a novel approach to fighting coronavirus: stopping newspapers from being published.
The Gulf News reported last week that “people who circulate rumors may be jailed for one year if they spread false information.” Rights activists now worry that COVID-19 could be used as a pretext to imprison some of the bloggers and Internet activists who are targeted by the State Security Apparatus (SSA).
In the midst of this crisis, the government launched an app that claimed to diagnose coronavirus but instead sent users’ real-time location data to the Ministry of Information — without any explanation of what the data would be used for, who would have access to it, and how long it would be stored for.
The Parliament in Yerevan last week approved a new law that gives authorities very broad surveillance powers to use cellphone data for tracking coronavirus cases. The law will also give the authorities access to confidential medical information related to people exposed to the virus.
Kim Jong Un, like his counterpart in Turkmenistan, is opting for denial to deal with the pandemic. Officially, North Korea has had no infections and it has tried to seal its borders with the rest of the world to stop the spread of the coronavirus. However, there have been reports that hundreds of soldiers have already died from COVID-19 and with a health system ranked among the worst in the world, experts fear Pyongyang is ill-equipped to deal with the outbreak and Kim’s denials are making the situation much worse.
India has been strongly criticized for the way it’s treated its tens of millions of migrant workers during the coronavirus lockdown, but more worrying for privacy advocates is the explosion of new apps designed to collect biometric data on citizens without any legal framework or oversight in place. One app being rolled out in Karnataka, a state in southwest India, forces people in home quarantine to upload a selfie every 30 minutes to ensure they are complying with self-isolation rules.
This is a very captivating post. Thwart my site [url=http://mambojambo.com]mambo jambo[/url]
I just want to mention I am new to blogs and certainly liked your website. Almost certainly I’m want to bookmark your blog . You amazingly have good well written articles. Thanks a bunch for sharing your webpage.
I very like this blog. Everything is cleared.
Thanks for the sensible critique. Me & my neighbor were just preparing to do a little research on this. We got a grab a book from our local library but I think I learned more from this post. I am very glad to see such great info being shared freely out there.
This particular Are generally Weight Loss diet will be an very and flexible sticking to your diet training planned for those who find themselves looking for to get slimmer body moreover eventually maintain a significantly more healthy life style. weight loss
Thanks for revealing your ideas. I’d also like to state that video games have been ever evolving. Better technology and revolutions have made it easier to create reasonable and fun games. These kind of entertainment games were not really sensible when the real concept was first being attempted. Just like other styles of electronics, video games too have had to advance via many years. This is testimony towards fast continuing development of video games.
I need to to thank you for this good read!! I certainly enjoyed every little bit of it. I’ve got you bookmarked to check out new stuff you post…
There is certainly a great deal to learn about this issue. I love all of the points you’ve made.
Aw, this was a very good post. Finding the time and actual effort to make a top notch article… but what can I say… I put things off a whole lot and don’t seem to get nearly anything done.
That is a good tip especially to those new to the blogosphere. Short but very accurate info… Thank you for sharing this one. A must read article!
You are so interesting! I don’t suppose I’ve truly read through anything like this before. So nice to find someone with unique thoughts on this topic. Seriously.. thanks for starting this up. This web site is one thing that’s needed on the internet, someone with a bit of originality.
You should take part in a contest for one of the best sites online. I’m going to recommend this blog!
This site truly has all of the info I needed concerning this subject and didn’t know who to ask.
Do you believe past life experiences? Do you think is reincarnation real?
This blog was… how do I say it? Relevant!! Finally I have found something that helped me. Appreciate it!
You are so interesting! I don’t suppose I’ve read anything like this before. So good to discover somebody with unique thoughts on this subject. Seriously.. thanks for starting this up. This site is something that’s needed on the internet, someone with a bit of originality.
Your style is unique in comparison to other people I have read stuff from. I appreciate you for posting when you’ve got the opportunity, Guess I will just book mark this site.
Hi, I do think this is a great website. I stumbledupon it 😉 I’m going to come back once again since i have book marked it. Money and freedom is the greatest way to change, may you be rich and continue to help other people.
An impressive share! I have just forwarded this onto a co-worker who has been conducting a little research on this. And he in fact ordered me lunch simply because I stumbled upon it for him… lol. So allow me to reword this…. Thank YOU for the meal!! But yeah, thanx for spending time to talk about this matter here on your web page.
A fascinating discussion is definitely worth comment. I think that you ought to write more about this topic, it may not be a taboo subject but typically people do not talk about these subjects. To the next! Cheers!
Good day! I simply want to offer you a huge thumbs up for the great info you’ve got right here on this post. I will be returning to your blog for more soon.
I used to be able to find good advice from your content.
I blog quite often and I really appreciate your information. This article has really peaked my interest. I am going to book mark your website and keep checking for new information about once per week. I opted in for your Feed too.
Nice post. I learn something new and challenging on blogs I stumbleupon everyday. It will always be interesting to read through content from other authors and practice something from their web sites.
Way cool! Some very valid points! I appreciate you writing this post and the rest of the site is also really good.
I was able to find good advice from your blog posts.
Faytech North America is a touch screen Manufacturer of both monitors and pcs. They specialize in the design, development, manufacturing and marketing of Capacitive touch screen, Resistive touch screen, Industrial touch screen, IP65 touch screen, touchscreen monitors and integrated touchscreen PCs. Contact them at http://www.faytech.us, 121 Varick Street, New York, NY 10013, +1 646 205 3214.
I’m pretty pleased to discover this website. I want to to thank you for ones time for this particularly wonderful read!! I definitely enjoyed every little bit of it and I have you saved to fav to check out new information in your site.
Spot on with this write-up, I seriously believe this web site needs far more attention. I’ll probably be returning to read more, thanks for the advice!
Howdy! This article couldn’t be written any better! Looking through this article reminds me of my previous roommate! He always kept preaching about this. I will forward this information to him. Fairly certain he will have a very good read. I appreciate you for sharing!
You are so interesting! I do not suppose I’ve read through anything like that before. So nice to find someone with unique thoughts on this subject. Seriously.. thanks for starting this up. This web site is something that is needed on the internet, someone with a little originality.
Great article. I am experiencing many of these issues as well..
This site was… how do you say it? Relevant!! Finally I’ve found something which helped me. Thanks!
Man your blog was so insightful, I cant wait to read more content that you produce
Thanks to the marvelous posting! I seriously enjoyed reading it,
you will be a great author.I will make sure to bookmark your website and definately will come back soon. I
wish to encourage you to ultimately continue your great job, have a nice day!
My web page – Sensational Range Cooker And Hood
Good post. I learn something totally new and challenging on blogs I stumbleupon everyday. It’s always interesting to read articles from other writers and use a little something from other web sites.
This blog was… how do I say it? Relevant!! Finally I’ve found something which helped me. Kudos!
Great article! We are linking to this great content on our website. Keep up the good writing.
I wanted to thank you for this fantastic read!! I absolutely loved every little bit of it. I’ve got you bookmarked to look at new things you post…
You are so interesting! I don’t suppose I’ve truly read anything like this before. So great to discover somebody with some genuine thoughts on this topic. Seriously.. thanks for starting this up. This website is something that is required on the internet, someone with a little originality.
Pretty! This has been an extremely wonderful post. Many thanks for supplying this info.
When I initially commented I appear to have clicked on the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and from now on whenever a comment is added I get four emails with the exact same comment. Is there an easy method you are able to remove me from that service? Cheers.
After looking over a few of the articles on your website, I seriously appreciate your technique of writing a blog. I book-marked it to my bookmark website list and will be checking back in the near future. Please check out my web site too and let me know what you think.
I need to to thank you for this good read!! I definitely enjoyed every little bit of it. I have you book-marked to look at new stuff you post…
Very good article. I will be dealing with some of these issues as well..
There is certainly a great deal to learn about this subject. I love all of the points you made.
I like reading an article that can make people think. Also, thank you for allowing for me to comment.
After I originally left a comment I seem to have clicked the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and from now on every time a comment is added I get 4 emails with the same comment. Is there an easy method you are able to remove me from that service? Cheers.
bookmarked!!, I like your website.
I want to to thank you for this excellent read!! I certainly loved every bit of it. I’ve got you book-marked to look at new stuff you post…
Having read this I thought it was very enlightening. I appreciate you finding the time and energy to put this content together. I once again find myself spending way too much time both reading and leaving comments. But so what, it was still worthwhile.
Hi there! I just wish to give you a big thumbs up for your excellent information you have got right here on this post. I will be returning to your site for more soon.
FreeSpinner can assist you with providing all the content that you need.
Hi, There’s no doubt that your website may be having internet browser compatibility problems. When I take a look at your blog in Safari, it looks fine but when opening in Internet Explorer, it has some overlapping issues. I simply wanted to give you a quick heads up! Apart from that, fantastic site!
Nice post. I learn something totally new and challenging on blogs I stumbleupon everyday. It’s always useful to read articles from other authors and practice a little something from their web sites.
Excellent blog you have here.. It’s difficult to find high-quality writing like yours these days. I truly appreciate people like you! Take care!!
You have made some decent points there. I looked on the internet to learn more about the issue and found most individuals will go along with your views on this site.
This blog was… how do I say it? Relevant!! Finally I’ve found something which helped me. Cheers.
This website was… how do I say it? Relevant!! Finally I have found something which helped me. Thank you!
Saved as a favorite, I really like your blog!
This is a great tip particularly to those new to the blogosphere. Brief but very precise information… Appreciate your sharing this one. A must read post.
Hi, I do believe this is a great site. I stumbledupon it 😉 I will return yet again since i have bookmarked it. Money and freedom is the greatest way to change, may you be rich and continue to help others.
Pretty! This has been an incredibly wonderful post. Thank you for supplying this information.
Hi! I simply would like to give you a huge thumbs up for your great information you’ve got right here on this post. I will be returning to your web site for more soon.
Having read this I thought it was very enlightening. I appreciate you spending some time and energy to put this informative article together. I once again find myself spending a significant amount of time both reading and posting comments. But so what, it was still worth it.
MetroClick specializes in building completely interactive products like Photo Booth for rental or sale, Touch Screen Kiosks, Large Touch Screen Displays , Monitors, Digital Signages and experiences. With our own hardware production facility and in-house software development teams, we are able to achieve the highest level of customization and versatility for Photo Booths, Touch Screen Kiosks, Touch Screen Monitors and Digital Signage. Visit MetroClick in NYC at http://www.metroclick.com/ or , 121 Varick St, New York, NY 10013, +1 646-843-0888.
Having read this I thought it was extremely enlightening. I appreciate you taking the time and effort to put this informative article together. I once again find myself personally spending way too much time both reading and posting comments. But so what, it was still worthwhile.
Spot on with this write-up, I absolutely think this site needs far more attention. I’ll probably be returning to read through more, thanks for the advice!
It’s practically unthinkable to come across well-aware viewers on this matter, then again you seem like you know exactly what you’re posting on! Cheers
It is actually near extremely difficult to come across well-qualified readers on this theme, fortunately you appear like you be aware of which you’re preaching about! Appreciate It
I just want to say I am just very new to blogs and absolutely liked this web site. Very likely I’m want to bookmark your blog . You definitely come with fabulous stories. With thanks for revealing your web-site.
baby strollers with high traction rollers should be much safer to use compared to those with plastic wheels,.
Someone essentially help to make significantly posts I might state. This is the first time I frequented your web page and so far? I surprised with the research you made to make this actual submit amazing. Wonderful job!
Hello there! Quick question that’s entirely off topic. Do you know how to make your site mobile friendly? My web site looks weird when viewing from my iphone4. I’m trying to find a theme or plugin that might be able to resolve this problem. If you have any recommendations, please share. Cheers!
cbd oil for cats
cbd for cats
I simply hope to tell you that I am new to writing and completely valued your post. Quite possibly I am going to bookmark your blog post . You definitely have amazing article blog posts. Truly Appreciate it for share-out with us all of your web document
Muchos Gracias for your article.Much thanks again. Want more.
Hey there, just got familiar with your website through yahoo, and realized that it’s truly useful. I will be grateful should you carry on this approach.
best cbd oil dogs
Good post. I learn something totally new and challenging on blogs I stumbleupon on a daily basis. It’s always exciting to read content from other authors and practice something from other web sites.
I feel this is among the most vital information for me. And i’m happy reading your article. But should observation on some general things, The site taste is great, the articles is really great : D. Good activity, cheers
cbd oil for pain
Spot on with this write-up, I actually think
this web site needs a lot more attention. I’ll probably
be returning to read more, thanks for the information!
adreamoftrains web hosting sites
Hey there! I’ve been reading your web site for some time now and finally got the
courage to go ahead and give you a shout out from Humble Tx!
Just wanted to mention keep up the good job!
Hey would you mind stating which blog platform you’re working with?
I’m planning to start my own blog in the near future but I’m having a tough time selecting between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal.
The reason I ask is because your design seems different then most blogs and I’m looking for something completely unique.
P.S Sorry for being off-topic but I had to ask! adreamoftrains best website hosting