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.
On May 24th, 2021 at 9:00am EST/3:00pm CEST ICNL and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency are hosting a global conversation on emergency measures, fundamental freedoms, and revitalizing civic space in the wake of COVID. Click here to register and learn more.
In response to racial justice protests, ICNL’s U.S. Protest Law Tracker has identified dozens of bills introduced in over 20 states that would restrict the rights of protesters. This restrictive approach is dangerous, but not uniform. Many policymakers at the local, state, and federal level have reacted to the aggressive policing of these protests by proposing reforms aim to better protect the freedom of assembly. Learn more on our U.S. Program page.
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U.S. Protest Law Tracker
Started in 2017, the tracker compiles bills – proposed, enacted, or rejected – that could restrict the right to peaceful assembly around the United States.
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 on Civil and Political Rights.
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