Rights in Reverse (Human Rights Violations During COVID-19 in Burma)

As the COVID-19 pandemic spread rapidly at the beginning of the year, the National League for Democracy (NLD) led government and military reassured the country’s citizens that they had nothing to worry about. The blanket denial served its purpose until the inevitable  on 23 March 2020, when the NLD government confirmed the first two cases of COVID-19 in the country.1 Since then, cases have steadily continued to rise. The Burma government has  taken several steps including forming an emergency task force with military and civilian ministries to support measures around law enforcement and stability and to expand government efforts to respond to the pandemic.

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