The global spread of CoVID-19 has caused an unprecedented global health crisis, with the number of infections and fatalities exponentially increasing each day.

Governments across the world, especially in the Southeast and South Asia region have implemented strict lockdowns, along with a mass deployment of troops and armed forces among urban and rural communities.

Such measures have propagated a repressive and ‘weaponized’ response to the pandemic; one that clearly prioritizes state interests and blatantly disregards public welfare and people’s rights. Worsening socio-economic conditions, an increase in human rights violations, and fast tracking of authoritarian laws has been the overall state-of-play, one that is being orchestrated and is hidden under the guise of emergency response.

Download our newest publication “Weaponized response of states to CoVID-19: Militarist trends in South Asia and Southeast Asia” to learn more about the ongoing trends in the region on their actions towards addressing CoVID-19.

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