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States of Control: The Dark Side of Pandemic Politics – Webinar

April 29, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Join our fifth COVID-19 webinar, which will examine authoritarian and repressive state responses to the Coronavirus pandemic, featuring UN Special Rapporteur on Protecting Human Rights and other global experts and activists. Register here.

In response to an unprecedented global health emergency, many states are rolling out measures from deploying armies and drones to control public space, to expanding digital control through facial recognition technology and tracker apps. What if these measures become permanent once the pandemic has subsided? What if health is repurposed as a national security issue? How do we ensure that COVID-19 doesn’t become the new 9/11 – a new milestone in authoritarian states of control?

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 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 French and Spanish. Register to receive more details.


  • Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, 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
  • María Paz Canales, Derechos Digitales (Digital Rights campaign), Chile
  • Anuradha Chenoy, School of International Studies in Jawaharlal Nehru University, and author of ‘Militarisation and Women in South Asia’

Please click to register. Hosted by Transnational Institute (TNI) and Institute for Policy Studies (IPS).


April 29, 2020
10:00 am - 11:30 am
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