Counting the costs of lockdown rights abuses

UPDF soldiers intercept people for allegedly defying the presidential guidelines on observing curfew hours in Kalerwe, Kampala, on April 10. PHOTO | ABUBAKER LUBOWA

What you need to know:

  • As the coronavirus spread rapidly around the world and anxious governments responded swiftly to contain the pandemic, the UN High Commission for Human Rights in Geneva, alarmed by the gravity of some of the measures imposed from Asia to US to Europe to Africa, warned on April 20 of human rights abuses that appeared to transgress key basic freedoms.

The first lockdown measures to contain the spread of Covid-19, pronounced on March 18, were emphatic.

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