Eight countriesm led by India and Indonesia, have written to the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR) under the United Nations, asking it to play a responsible role amidst the ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis around the world. The joint letter was written by the permanent missions of India, Indonesia, Cambodia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam in Geneva to the OHCHR after the latter issued a release entitled "Asia: Bachelet alarmed by clampdown on freedom of expression during COVID-19". The joint press release said,"the primary focus of our governments in these unprecedented times is to ensure that precious lives, particularly of the most vulnerable, are not lost to COVID-19. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet had criticised 12 countries in Asia over the suppression of freedom of expression in the garb of dealing with misinformation amidst the COVID-19 crisis and suggested them to take the “least intrusive approach required to achieve that result". This is not the first time that the UN human rights office (OHCHR) has made remarks about countries in the region that has drawn ire.
Source: dna June 06, 2020 02:26 UTC