across the world have closed their borders, halted international travels and
issued orders on curfew as measures to curb the coronavirus (COVID-19) infection
as the numbers hit the roof by day.
forces in different countries have brutally punished curfew violators with each
employing different inhumane methods including beating and shooting at them,
locking them in coffins and dog cages, cutting their hair, detention, stripping
them naked and forcing them to walk home, doing push-ups and forcing curfew
violators to sit under the sun.
Uganda, Philippines and India are some of the countries that security officers
on patrol have used excessive force on those non-complying to the curfew.
police officers have been witnessed and caught on camera assaulting members of
the public by firing tear gas and beating men and women on their way home as
they rush to meet the anti-corona spread curfew.
old Zacharia Lubale, deaf and dumb, is one of the Kenyans who have
encountered police brutality as they enforce the 7pm curfew. According to a
news report by Citizen television, Zacharia who is admitted at St Mary’s
hospital in Mumias after he was caught up in an evening run with police
officers in Kakamega who left him unconscious after heavy handedly hitting him.
He was rushed to the hospital by good Samaritans who found him lying on the
has been documenting the excesses by police forces which began on March 27, two
days after the authorities announced the 7pm curfew. At least three people have
died after allegedly being assaulted by police officers and several people
sustained serious injuries.
A 13 year
old boy is one of the three causalities. On Monday evening, March 30, 2020 he
was on the balcony watching police officers chase people into their homes after
curfew in Kiamaiko area in Nairobi. One of the officers fired a live bullet
that hit him leading to his death.
cyclist, Calvince Omondi also died on March 29, 2020, days after Kosele police
station officers in Homabay used excessive force on him as they enforced the
two hours before curfew, the police were seen teargassing and beating civilians
who were queuing at Likoni ferry crossing as they awaited to board the ferry.
Two days later, a 49-year old man succumbed to injuries and there are other
alleged cases of injuries from the event.
Uhuru Kenyatta has apologised for the police brutality on the civilians but
cases of death and injuries allegedly caused by police officers are on the
rise. The Independent
Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) announced that they are
investigating into the death and injury cases with an aim of prosecution,
making recommendations and taking disciplinary actions to those involved.
Kenya has 179 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 7 recoveries and 6 deaths including that of a
neighbouring landlocked country, Uganda, has also been reading from a similar
script. With 52
confirmed cases and no death, the police, the army and an armed
community-policing paramilitary group organised by the Ugandan army known as
the Local Defence Unit (LDU) have been enforcing the presidential curfew
forces have been beating, shooting and detaining civilians across Uganda,
brutality that has been highlighted by the media and human rights
to a report on Uganda by the Human
Rights Watch, on March 26, 2020 the police shot two construction
workers Alex Oryem and Kassim Ssebudde who were riding a motorcycle taxi in
Mukono near Kampala following a ban from being more than one on a motorbike.
later, six police officers enforced the ban on public gatherings by shooting at
a group of people in Bududa injuring one person. On the same day, members of
the Local Defence Unit thrashed civilians in Kampala using wires and sticks for
failing to close a market. The soldiers also beat locals in Mityana district
for disrespecting the order to close bars.
Alfred Ssembajjwe disclosed to the Human
Rights Watch on March 31, 2020 that officers were asking for a bribe
of 250,000 Uganda shillings to free him and the bodaboda go after the LDU
attacked him and the driver of a bodaboda in Kampala.
places of worship, non-food markets, shopping malls and entertainment joints
including bars have been shut down and bans from using public transport,
privately owned cars and being more than one on a motorbike have been issued.
Philippines the consequences for non-compliance of curfew are more severe. A 63-year
old man was shot dead on Saturday, April 4, 2020 in a report filed
, after threatening a village health worker and the police with a scythe.
to the Human Rights Watch, five young people in Santa Cruz town were locked in
a dog cage on March 20, 2020 for failing to comply with the curfew directive.
This came a day after security forces cut the hair of seven children for
failing to meet the curfew and ordered one to walk home naked for resisting the
26, 2020, two children were locked in a coffin in Cavite province for violation
of the curfew. Two days before this, a mother was arrested in Tacloban city for
breaking the COVID-19 order by allowing her children to play outdoors.
an article by Rappler, over 17,000 curfew violators have been arrested in Philippines as of
Monday, March 30, 2020.Philippines has 3,870 coronavirus cases, 96
recoveries and 182 deaths including
21 doctors according to the worldometer.
most populated country, India is on a 21- day nationwide lockdown after an
announcement by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
comply with the lockdown, some of those living in slums have been going without
food, water and toilet. Many migrant workers who are now jobless and have been
forced to move back to their villages on foot following the public transport
shutdown. However, this has not stopped the Indian police from disciplining
those violating the lockdown laws in the country.
have put roadside checks, beaten civilians with batons and forced some to do
push-ups to restrict movements. According to worldometer
as of Wednesday, April 8, 2020
India’s COVID-19 death toll stands at 164, 5,480 confirmed cases and 468
over 83,506 COVID-19
deaths, 1,450,398 million cases confirmed cases and 309,358 recoveries across