Monthly Brief on Countries under Restrictive Environment – Series #1
Many Asian countries, especially in South and Southeast Asia, saw democratic regressions in the past
year. The governments took advantage of the global health crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic to
further tighten the restraints on civil liberties and crackdown on dissenters and political opponents. As
a democracy advocate, ANFREL will start publishing the monthly brief on the countries under a
restrictive environment to provide an insight into the human rights and democracy situation in these
countries. In this series, we will cover Cambodia, Myanmar, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Hong Kong.
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