States of Control: Dark side of pandemic politics
This webinar will explore the political dimension of state responses, particularly the securitisation of COVID-19 through the expansion of powers for military, police, and security forces. It will examine the impact of such repression on certain groups who are unable to socially distance, as well as how digital surveillance is being rolled out with little, if any democratic oversight. It will ask how we can prevent these practices from being normalised and how to use our collective experiences of solidarity to construct a more just, democratic, and rights -centered world.

The webinar is conducted in English, but is live-interpreted into Spanish and French. Register to receive more details.


• Fionnuala Ni Aolain, UN Special Rapporteur on the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights while Countering Terrorism, University of Minnesota
• Arun Kundnani, New York University, author of 'The Muslims are Coming! Islamophobia, extremism, and the domestic War on Terror' and 'The End of Tolerance: racism in 21st century Britain'
• Anuradha Chenoy, School of International Studies in Jawaharlal Nehru University (retired), and author of 'Militarisation and Women in South Asia' and 'Human Security: Concept and Implications'
• María Paz Canales, Derechos Digitales (Digital Rights campaign), Chile

This event is co-sponsored by Focus on the Global South, Alternative Information and Development Centre (South Africa), Statewatch (UK/EU), and the Institute for Policy Studies (USA)
843 3870 5116
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