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Keep Civic Space Healthy: Saving Lives and Human Rights

Covid-19 response is at present an all-consuming effort for governments and people in countries around the world. In this time of urgency, ICNL and ECNL offer a quick guide for authorities striving to protect lives in line with their duty to uphold human rights and protect human dignity, based on international human rights obligations.

The briefer is part of a broader ECNL/ICNL initiative to support human rights based approaches to overcoming the Covid-19 pandemic while also protecting our freedoms to association, assembly, expression and participation.

For the briefer in pdf, click here or read below:

Saving life and human rights


ECNL and ICNL invite partners to translate this briefer in their own languages.

The Briefer is now also available in AlbanianArabicBulgarianBurmeseCzechFrenchGermanGreekMacedonianSpanish and Thai.

We sincerely thank our partners at the Bulgarian Center for Not-for-Profit Law, Kosovo Civil Society Foundation, Balkan Civil Society Development NetworkThe Fund for Global Human Rights, our volunteer Jana Hechler, and Petr Jan Pajas for their kind help with the translations.

Should you find any inaccuracies, please kindly let us know at so we can address them.