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Covid-19 and Civic and Political Space

Reporting On Myanmar's Covid-19 First Wave And Its Impact On Civic And Political Space

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Civic rights and civic space were already in steep decline in Myanmar, before the arrival of COVID-19. Vague and overbroad legislation with defamation clauses are frequently used to silence critics of the government, representing an attack on freedom of expression. Protesters are denied freedom of assembly. Civil society, even before pandemic, has been significantly hampered in its ability to support marginalised and vulnerable communities, due to restrictions of movement and association that often target particular ethnic minority groups.