The world has been shaken by the devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses were closed, airlines grounded, cities deserted, hospitals overwhelmed, all of which has left people anxious about what the future might hold. Such turmoil should encourage governments to focus on policies that would revolve around concern for the well-being of individuals, heightened awareness of the importance of human rights for all, and genuine solidarity among nations. However, the health crisis has further exacerbated existing social and economic inequalities, both worldwide and within each country, and that in turn has led to renewed issues of political surveillance and control.
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