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Keep Civic Space Healthy: Rights card on Public participation in decision making during Covid-19

People and governments around the world are at the height of their efforts in responding to the Covid-19 crisis. As the situation slowly unravels, ECNL wants to remind authorities that in order for the Covid-19 measures to address the actual needs, and not to affect the public disproportionally, public participation in decision making should be implemented.

Moreover, ECNL wants to remind people that their right to public participation is valid in times of emergency as well, and especially then, they should strive to claim their needs and speak out on behalf of the most vulnerable and marginalized individuals and groups in society.

The public participation rights card 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 card in pdf, click here or read below:

participation card v3


The card is now available in English.

ECNL invites partners to translate this rights card in their own languages. Please reach out to us at to receive the rights card in a word document, so that it can be adjusted to specific requirements and purposes of the respective countries.

More to follow in our upcoming briefer on participation by ECNL and partners!