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Short Update: COVID-19 lockdowns in South Africa, Kenya, and Nigeria lead to spikes in police brutality

FT Admin - June 30, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Extended police powers, New criminal offences, Rule of Law

Coronavirus restrictions in South Africa, Kenya, and Nigeria have led to an increase of abuses by security forces. South Africa’s lockdown was particularly harsh and featured the country’s biggest military deployment since democratisation.  Since lockdown was imposed, reports of violent incidents by police against civilians have more than doubled, with most taking place against poor and marginalised communities. As of the end of May, there have been at least ten deaths due to police action since lockdown began on March 27.  

As of June 5th, Kenya’s Independent Police Oversight Body received 87 complaints and alleges that police have killed fifteen Kenyans since curfews were imposed. Meanwhile, Nigeria’s Human Rights Commission had received 209 complaints of human rights violations as of May 4th and reported a total of 29 extrajudicial killings.   

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