Across Africa, Pandemic Lockdowns Risk Violating Human Rights

A member of the Kenya Youth Service wearing a cloth face mask, in Nairobi, Kenya, April 3, 2020 (AP photo by John Muchucha).
A member of the Kenya Youth Service wearing a cloth face mask, in Nairobi, Kenya, April 3, 2020 (AP photo by John Muchucha).
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Editor’s Note: Every Friday, Andrew Green curates the top news and analysis from and about the African continent More than half of Africa’s 54 countries are restricting people’s movements in hopes of slowing the spread of the coronavirus, with regulations ranging from evening curfews to the total lockdowns that have been imposed in South Africa, Rwanda and, as of this week, the Seychelles. As those constraints expand, so are concerns about the violation of rights, including the violent tactics being used to enforce some of the new rules. In Kenya, where the government introduced sweeping restrictions on movement in late […]

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