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The authorities tightly controlled news and information around the COVID-19 pandemic and restricted freedom of expression, blaming media and civil society for spreading “false” information. The courts used counter-terrorism legislation to block access to some independent media outlets based abroad. A journalist was imprisoned for “inciting religious discord”. Personal protective equipment received by health care workers in hospitals, care homes and detention facilities was inadequate, as was protection given to survivors of domestic and gender-based violence.

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Abolitionist in practice

Retains the death penalty in law, but hasn’t executed for at least 10 years


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