Anti-virus measures spark Mideast fears of setback in libertiesMorocco deployed armoured vehicles in the capital Rabat to ensure compliance with emergency measures imposed due to the coronavirusCAIRO - Armoured vehicles in the streets, hundreds arrested, smartphone surveillance -- sweeping measures to fight the coronavirus have raised concerns in the Middle East over the erosion of already threatened human rights. Authorities have curtailed movement, clamped down on gatherings and arrested those who disobey the confinement orders. While the government said the powers would be used to the "narrowest extent", Human Rights Watch (HRW) urged Amman not to abuse fundamental rights for the cause of combatting the virus. But rights groups have accused Algerian authorities of using the health crisis to crack down on dissent via the courts. The Tunisian League for Human Rights has requested clarifications on social distancing measures after people expressed frustration online over apparently arbitrary police interventions.
Source: Bangkok Post March 29, 2020 02:26 UTC