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Myanmar: Reduce Prison Populations to Limit COVID-19

Expand A member of the Yangon City and Development Committee disinfects government offices to help curb the spread of the new coronavirus in Yangon, Myanmar on Wednesday, March 25, 2020.  © 2…

Coronavirus: Country Comparisons are Pointless Unless We Account for These Biases in Testing

LONDON, Apr 03 (IPS) - Suppose we wanted to estimate how many car owners there are in the UK and how many of those own a Ford Fiesta, but we only have data on those people who visited Ford car showrooms in the last year. If 10% of the showroom visit…

Martin Khor, Third Worldist

PENANG, Apr 03 (IPS) - Martin Khor Kok Peng passed away just after the end of the first quarter of 2020. He leaves behind an unusually rich legacy. Atypically for people mainly working in the worldideas, he was also a very practical and pragmatic ac…

Parliaments Respond to COVID-19

Title: Parliaments Respond to COVID-19Published Date: Friday, April 3, 2020Body: The COVID-19 pandemic has created unique challenges for legislators across the world, forcing emergency provisions in parliamentary procedure, innovative…

How Authoritarians Are Exploiting the COVID-19 Crisis to Grab Power

Expand People wearing masks, attend a vigil for Chinese doctor Li Wenliang, in Hong Kong, February 7, 2020. © 2020 AP Photo/Kin Cheung For authoritarian-minded leaders, the co…

U.N. Releases Report on Socio-economic Effects of Coronavirus

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 03 (IPS) - As the number of coronavirus cases continues to grow, concerns are simultaneously growing about the current and long-term effects this will have on certain demographics -- specifically, women, the youth, migrant worker…

COVID-19 Shouldn’t Be a Death Sentence for People in US Prisons

Expand Attorney General William Barr speaks during a tour of a federal prison in Edgefield, South Carolina, July 8, 2019. © 2019 AP Photo/John Bazemore Five deaths from COVID…

In memoriam ‒ Martin Khor

GENEVA, Apr 03 (IPS) - We are greatly saddened by the passing of Martin Khor, a long-time friend and colleague, an undaunted fighter for the poor and underprivileged, a passionate believer in a more balanced and inclusive multilateralism, a rare int…

Myanmar: Arbitrary detention of Mr. Nay Myo Lin and judicial harassment of four other journalists

MMR 002 / 0420 / OBS 032 Arbitrary detention / Judicial harassment Myanmar April 3, 2020 The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a partnership of FIDH and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), requests your urgent inte…

Fatal Shooting in a Mining Town in Papua

Expand FILE: Indonesian soldiers stand guard during a protest in Timika, Papua province, August 21, 2019. © 2019 AP Photo/Jimmy Rahadat Eight armed men attacked a mining area i…

Sri Lanka Uses Pandemic to Curtail Free Expression

Expand Sri Lankan government soldiers in protective clothes spray disinfectants at a railway station in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. © 2020 AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena…

These Migrant Workers Did Not Suddenly Fall From the Sky

Apr 03 (IPS) - Madness engulfs the planet. Hundreds of millions of people are in lockdown in their homes, millions of people who work in essential jobs – or who cannot afford to stay home without state assistance – continue to go to work, thousa…

What More than COVID-19 to Jolt G20 into Collective Action?

BERLIN, Germany, Apr 03 (IPS) - Inge Kaul is Senior Fellow, Hertie School, Berlin and Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Center for Global Governance, Washington DC. She can be contacted at contact@ingekaul.net.My recent study on "The G20@10: Time to shift…

DR Congo: Respecting Rights Key Amid COVID-19

Expand Pro-democracy activists from Filimbi movement raise awareness about the COVID-19 pandemic in Kinshasa’s Gambela market, Democratic Republic of Congo, March 28, 2020. © 2020 Filimbi…

Philippine Children Face Abuse for Violating COVID-19 Curfew

Expand A screenshot of an officer with five youths locked inside a dog cage after breaking curfew in Laguna province, the Philippines on March 20, 2020.  © 2020 Facebook Phil…

Uganda LGBT Shelter Residents Arrested on COVID-19 Pretext

Expand Rainbow flags symbolizing LGBT rights. © 2017 Reuters Living in a shelter for homeless people shouldn’t be illegal. But according to Ugandan police, 23 people living…

Hungary Seeks to Ban Legal Gender Recognition for Transgender People

Expand Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, center right, speaks during a plenary session in the House of Parliament in Budapest, Hungary, Monday, March 23, 2020. © 2020 Tamas Kovacs/MTI via…

Turkey: COVID-19 Puts Sick Prisoners at Grave Risk

Expand Thousands of political prisoners are held in the vast Silivri campus prison, Istanbul. © 2016 AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis   (Istanbul) – An examination of cases of pr…

Armenia: Law Restricts Privacy Amid COVID-19 Fight

Expand The Parliament of Armenia adopted the bill granting the authorities broad surveillance powers to track coronavirus cases. © 2020 National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia…

With COVID-19 Threat, Eritrea Should Release Political Detainees

Expand Ciham Ali Abdu  © Private Ciham Ali turns 23 today, the eighth year in a row she will be spending her birthday behind bars in an Eritrea prison. She has been held there…