Sudanese and Algerian authorities exploit Covid-19 to tighten repressive policies

Jolt researcher Sara Creta and journalist Sofian Philip Naceur have published a report investigating how Sudanese and Algerian authorities are exploiting Covid-19 to undermine movements for political change.

Covid-19 has provided an opportunity for failing regimes to tighten already prevalent repressive policies against activists, media, and government opponents.

Authorities and state actors in Sudan and Algeria have been continuously exploiting Covid-19 for political gains since the pandemic’s onset in early 2020, though by largely different means and tools and with diverging goals and considerations. The popular uprisings in both countries had forced certain fractions of the old elites to step aside and partly give up political and economic privileges. These old elites, however, have been keen to maintain their grip on power

The report published in the electronic journal Rowaq Arabi can be read here.

Rowaq Arabi is an electronic journal issued by the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS). It provides a platform for researchers and rights advocates that offers in-depth discussions and analyses of human rights policies and developments in the Middle East and North Africa, utilising approaches drawn from the social sciences, humanities, and law.

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This project is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska Curie grant agreement No 765140