Article originally published on ECNL website – accessible here

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:

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