The NGO Coalition for Human Rights is deeply troubled by the recent arrests of members of the public at a time of uncertainty and with the threat of COVID-19 pandemic.

The arrests were made under the Public Order Act Section 15 A.

The NGO Coalition for Human Rights acknowledges that spreading fake information is unacceptable in such worrisome circumstances.

However, as measures have been put in place in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, processes must be protective of people’s human rights and safety said NGO Coalition for Human Rights Chair Nalini Singh.

Singh says there must also be clarification on the Public Order Act and what constitutes malicious fabrication whether it is on the basis of viral circulation or content.

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