The UN rights chief has raised his concerns on COVID-19 being instrumentalised to silence free speech. Citing China and Russia, she voiced alarm at statements in the US that "deny the reality" of the virus Foreign Media reported today.
According to Al Jazeera, Bachelet also voiced concern about "severe restrictions on freedoms of expression" in Egypt and "excessive and arbitrary enforcement" of pandemic response measures in El Salvador.
"Censorship and criminalisation of speech are likely to suppress crucial information needed to address the pandemic," she told the 44th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council.
The 44th session of the top body of the UN which is responsible for human rights violations began today.
During the session, there will be a debate on systematic racial violations in the United States of America, rights abuses by China and many other incidents related to human rights violations around the globe.