A new platform will keep track of rights abuses under the guise of COVID-19 containment measures worldwide, the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) announced.
The Global Monitor platform flags coronavirus measures that the organisation views as concerning. In the European Union, this for example includes Hungary for declaring a “state of danger” in March in response to the pandemic, which rights groups claim gave sweeping powers to the government for an unlimited period.
“It has already dawned on all of us that this global emergency will almost certainly have – it is already having – profound political implications. The risks for democracy are clear and pressing,” IDEA’s Secretary General Kevin Casas-Zamora said.