The coronavirus is a significant threat to public health; it does not need to be a significant threat to civic freedom. The ICNL Alliance is working to keep civic space healthy. The ICNL-ECNL COVID-19 Civic Freedom Tracker monitors government responses to the pandemic that affect civic freedoms and human rights, focusing on emergency laws. Our issue page presents key resources on how the coronavirus response is impacting civic space and the existing international law framework on upholding human rights during the crisis.
In the wake of complaints about law enforcement’s response to the George Floyd protests, local, state, and the federal government have proposed reforms to better protect the freedom of assembly. These reforms are not necessarily best practices and in some cases could be further strengthened, but they represent important efforts to better protect assembly rights. Visit our resource page here. For more, read our piece in Just Security: A Proposal to Repair the Freedom of Assembly in the US.
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Top Trends: COVID-19 and Civic Space
Many of the measures adopted in response to the pandemic restrict fundamental rights. This ICNL piece summarizes the top 9 trends affecting civic space, based on the COVID-19 Civic Freedom Tracker data.
COVID-19 Civic Freedom Tracker
The ICNL-ECNL COVID-19 Civic Freedom Tracker monitors government responses to the pandemic that affect civic freedoms and human rights, focusing on emergency laws.
General Comment 37
The UN Human Rights Committee’s general comment offers comprehensive guidance on the right of peaceful assembly, as enshrined in Article 21 of the International Covenant for Civil and Political Rights.
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