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Relevance beyond the crisis: New pressures to curb individual rights

The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has allowed governments to enact authoritarian emergency legislation, with no guarantee that the curtailed civil rights will later be returned to the population. China’s example shows what could await European countries if the coronavirus crisis becomes a political tool to exert more control over the masses. Meanwhile, many isolated citizens are threatened with fines and jail rather than receiving the help they need.

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