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Webinar: Defending Rights and Civic Space during COVID-19

Update: the webinar announced below is now available as a recording.

As countries respond to the pandemic, governments are asking for more powers and more funds. Restrictions are tightening, not only on freedom of movement, but also on freedom of information and freedom of expression. The security sector—police and military—are increasingly engaged in the enforcement of lockdowns, quarantines, and other government actions.

Is the pandemic being used as justification to entrench policies that constrict civic space? Is the crisis aggravating the human rights situation in many countries?

On Wednesday, June 10th, 2020, at 9am ET / 1pm GMT, members of the Legal Empowerment Network, CIVICUS, and the Justice For All campaign will host a virtual roundtable discussion on how grassroots justice groups can respond to the challenges of constricting civic space and increasing human rights violations during the pandemic.

Join us for a discussion with leading network members as we tackle questions such as:

  • How do government responses affect the fundamental freedoms of association, assembly, and expression—of citizens, generally, and civil society, in particular?
  • How does this crisis affect citizens’ access to information? Are right to information mechanisms and other accountability measures working during the pandemic?
  • How is the human rights situation affected by the increasing role of the police and military in enforcing government actions?

Together, we will explore ways in which legal empowerment groups can contribute to a just response to the COVID-19 pandemic, protect their people and communities, and push back against rights violations and policies that further constrict civic space.


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June 4, 2020 | Legal Empowerment Network

Region: > Global