Solidarity amid the COVID-19 crisis

As the planet faces the Covid-19 emergency, we are all asked to act responsibly as individuals and as a community. We have to change our life to protect ourselves and others. 

Civil society too is adapting to these circumstances. Many were forced to close their centres and stop their activities. Many have found creative ways to be useful to their communities, to offer social and cultural tools against isolation, to volunteer for providing support to the weak and vulnerable which often happen to be the poorest.

We can collectively be proud of it. At this moment, we feel more united wherever we live than ever before, even at a distance. We know that “solidarity with all” is the message that has to be transmitted in all our communities if we want tomorrow to be better than yesterday was.

Our thoughts and active solidarity also go to the vulnerable people: the precarious workers, the homeless, the migrants – both undocumented and legally recognised – and asylum seekers, all the people constrained in collective spaces deprived of the best possibility to protect themselves from contagion. We are sure that everyone of us will do its utmost not to leave anyone alone inside the crisis. We wish all of us courage, hope and positive energy. We must respect the distance today. But we will overcome the crisis more united than ever before.

The European Civic Forum will work to give visibility to civil society’s actions concerning the present crisis and to support their demands in front of the European institutions.

Let us know what you are doing, let us know what you are asking to institutions, let’s share your challenges and difficulties, let’s share the good things you witness. This will allow the ECF and its members to do their best to communicate and alert about the help needed.

Map of solidarity

State of fundamental rights

Austria

Article originally published in German on Amnesty International Austria, 16 April 2020 - accessible here The COVID-19 pandemic poses an ...
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Article originally published in German on Orf.at, 14 April 2020 - accessible here When the extent of the coronavirus pandemic ...
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Belgium

Article originally published in French on LDH Belgium - accessible here In its mission to monitor police violence, the League ...
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Extract from article originally published in French on LDH website, 26 March 2020 - accessible here The League for Human ...
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Article originally published on LIBERTIES, 20 March 2020 - accessible here Belgian rights groups are urging authorities to implement strong ...
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Bulgaria

Extract from article originally published  on Al-Jazeera, 20 March 2020 - accessible here Bulgaria's parliament has voted after a heated ...
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Croatia

Article originally published on SNH.HR, 18 March 2020 -  accessible here Trade Union of Croatian Journalists and Croatian Journalist’s Association ...
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Article originally published on GONG, 19 March 2020 - accessible here The Government of the Republic of Croatia, like most ...
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Cyprus

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Czech Republic

Article originally published in Czech on A2larm.cz, 31 March 2020 - accessible here According to the draft law published on ...
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Denmark

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Estonia

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Finland

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France

-- Originally published in French on BondyBlog, on 24 April 2020 In recent days, the serious accident in Villeneuve-la-Garenne has ...
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Article originally published in French on LDH website, 27 April 2020 - accessible here Communiqué LDH The public prosecutor of ...
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Article originally published in French on LDH, 10 April 2020 - accessible here Open letter from several organisations, including LDH, ...
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Article originally published in French on Franc Inter, 5 April 2020 - accessible here How are police controls during lockdown? ...
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(Ligue des droits de l'homme - 3 April 2020 - Translated from French) By its decision, which validates a clear ...
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Germany

Article originally published in German on WZB on 30 April 2020 - accessible here Authors: Edgar Grande and Swen Hutter ...
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Article originally published in German by BBE - accessible here The Corona crisis shows how important it is to have ...
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Open letter published by a coalition of NGOs on 20 April 2020 - accessible here in German More than 30 ...
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Article originally published on DW, 24 April 2020 - accessible here Protests may have been restricted during the pandemic, but ...
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Article originally published in German on GFF website, 9 April 2020 - accessible here Public life has been almost completely ...
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Greece

Letter originally published on Greek Forum of Refugees website, 25 March 2020 - accessible here Pdf of the letter with ...
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Hungary

Article originally published on Freedom House - accessible here Author: Gábor Filippov Hungry just became the first-ever country to fall ...
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This article was originally published on the Hungarian Helsinki Committee's website, on 31 March 2020 - See here Following the ...
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Article originally published on Netherlands Helsinki Committee, 27 March 2020 - accessible here The European Civic Forum and the undersigned ...
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Article originally published on Netherland Helsinki Committee, 22 March 2020 - accessible here A carte blanche mandate for the Hungarian ...
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Ireland

Article originally published on ICCL website, 23 April 2020 - accessible here The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has ...
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Article originally published on ICCL website, 27 April 2020 - accessible here ICCL wrote to the Garda Commissioner on 27 ...
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Article originally published on ICCL website, 10 April 2020 - accessible here The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has ...
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Article originally published on ICCL, 8 April 2020 - accessible here The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has said ...
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Article originally published on ICCL, 24 March 2020 - accessible here The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has said ...
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Italy

Extract from article originally published on TNI website, 14 April 2020 - accessible here Author: Francesco Martone [...] Italy was ...
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(Mediterranea - Saving Humans, 8 April 2020) The NGOs Sea-Watch, Doctors Without Borders, Open Arms and Mediterranea express their concern ...
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Article originally published in Italian, 7 April 2020 - accessible here Forum Disuguaglianze e Diversità and Rete dei Numeri Pari ...
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Article originally published in Italian on In Difesa Di, 6 April, 2020 - accessible here The network "In Difesa Di ...
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Extract from article published in Italian on Vita, 1 April 2020 - accessible here The FOIA, the comprehensive civic access ...
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Latvia

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Lithuania

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Luxembourg

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Malta

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Netherlands

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Poland

The Polish movements Committee for the Defence of Democracy (Komitet Obrony Demokracji) and Polish Women's Strike (Ogólnopolski Strajk Kobiet) warn ...
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Extract from article originally published on Reporting Democracy, 21 April 2020 - accessible here Author: Claudia Ciobanu [...] In 2016 ...
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Article originally published on HRW website, 28 April 2020 - accessible here (Budapest) – Poland should demonstrate that it can ...
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Article originally published on IPPF, 14 April 2020 - accessible here Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, bills banning abortion care in ...
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In an open letter published by the biggest trade unions and employers' organisations on 28 March 2020, the signatories are ...
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Portugal

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Romania

Article originally published in Romanian on Stiri.org, 16 March 2020 [Updated on 16 April 2020] - accessible here On April ...
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Lately, there are more videos on the social networks showing how the Romanian Police abuses during the restrictions due to ...
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Article originally published in Romanian on Stiri.ong, 24 March 2020 - accessible here Fundația pentru Dezvoltarea Societății Civile (FDSC) released ...
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Article originally published on CJI, 24 March 2020 - accessible here The first case of COVID-19 was registered in Romania ...
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Slovakia

Extract of article originally published on Romea.cz, 1 April 2020 - accessible here Starting this Friday around Slovakia, testing for ...
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Slovenia

Article originally published on Justice and Environment website, 19 May 2020 - accessible here In the shadow of the coronavirus, ...
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Article originally published on International Press Institute, 26 March 2020 - accessible here Statement by International Press Institute Journalists in ...
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Spain

Update on the Spanish situation via Red Malla ...
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Update on the Spanish situation via Red Malla The Spanish government is using the “Gag Law” (approved in 2015) against ...
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Article originally published in Spanish on Defender A Quien Defiende, 25 March 2020 - accessible here The organisations, led by ...
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Article originally published on Defender A Quien Defiende, 19 March 2020 - accessible here At Defender a Quien Defiende, we ...
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Sweden

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United Kingdom

Article originally published on NETPOL website - accessible here POLICING Big Brother Watch has written a letter (PDF) to the ...
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Article originally published on Big Brother Watch, 23 March 2020 - accessible here Parliamentarians and rights groups have today issued ...
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Article originally published on Netpol website, 19 March 2002 - accessible here PRESS STATEMENT ON THE GOVERNMENT’S NEW CORONAVIRUS BILL ...
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Global

Report by Maecenata Stiftung, originally published on 8 May 2020 in German here Author: Rupert Graf Strachwitz European governments are ...
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Extract from article published on The Guardian, 16 April 2020 - accessible here White asparagus is late April’s delicacy across ...
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Article originally published on ECNL - accessible here To download this paper in pdf, click here.  A brief overview by ...
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Report published by Balkan Civil Society Development Network (BCSDN) - updated on 29 April 2020 The COVID-19 pandemic has brought ...
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Extract of an article originally published on DW, 4 April 2020 - accessible here People with preexisting medical conditions are ...
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Article and interview originally published on HRW, 3 April 2020 - accessible here The coronavirus has rapidly spread through Italy ...
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Article originally published on ECNL website - accessible here People and governments around the world are at the height of their ...
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Report originally published on Amnesty International, 7 April 2020 - accessible here At a time when some of our human ...
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Article originally published on OpenDemocracy, 8 April 2020 - accessible here The coronavirus pandemic is not just changing how we ...
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Article originally published on Democracy International - accessible here The world is in the grips of an all-encompassing health-crisis that ...
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Calls for actions for Europe

Call for action by Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, WWF, European Environmental Bureau, and others, available here SIGN IT HERE ...
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Call for action by CIVICUS Alliance, published on 16 April 2020 - accessible here As governments are undertaking extraordinary measures ...
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Call for action by Voice4Europe accessible here The Coronavirus health outbreak is an existential threat to the fabric of the ...
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Article originally published on Privacy International, 2 April 2020 - accessible here Amid calls from international organisations and civil society ...
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Call for action by Whistleblowing International Network, 6 April 2020 - accessible here As the coronavirus pandemic has spread around ...
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(European Trade Union Confederation, 30 March 2020) Letter sent to: Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission; Charles Michel, President of ...
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Call for action by SOLIDAR, 17 March 2020 - accessible here The ongoing pandemic of Covid-19 is showing unmistakably what is ...
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Call for action by ENAR, 19 march 2020 - accessible here As we are about to commemorate International Day Against ...
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Call for action by European Women's Lobby, 20 March 2020 - accessible here The COVID-19 crisis is disproportionately impacting women ...
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Call for action by Eurochild - accessible here Children infected by COVID-19 are likely to only have mild symptoms. Nonetheless ...
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Call for action by European Water Movement - accessible here Measures taken in Europe to contain the spread of Coronavirus ...
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Call for action in Italian by Sbilanciamoci - accessible here Now more than ever, in the face of Covid, global ...
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Call for action by Civicus Alliance, 24 March 2020 - accessible here During the global COVID-19 pandemic states should not ...
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Call for action by OpenDemocracy, 12 March 2020 - accessible here For the first time in eleven years, the World ...
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Call for action by European Disability Forum, 13 March 2020, accessible here In the light of the current pandemic and ...
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Extract of the article originally published by NewEurope, 19 March 2020 - accessible here Author: Raphaella Stavrinou NGOs working with ...
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Call for action by ETUC, 16 March 2020 - accessible here Statement of the European Social Partners ETUC, BusinessEurope, CEEP, ...
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Call for action by European Anti-Poverty Network, 17 March 2020 - accessible here Urgent, coordinated action needed by EU and ...
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Call for action by Transbalkan Solidarity Group - accessible here Currently there are tens of thousands of refugees and other ...
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Petition by 350, accessible here The response to global COVID-19 Pandemic and economic recession will take months, maybe years. The ...
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Petition by The Good Lobby, originally published here We demand that the National Ministers of Health and their governments across ...
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Institutional reactions

Report published by the United Nations Human Rights Regional Office for Europe, May 2020 Introduction Respect for the rule of law ...
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Article originally published on Council of Europe website, 8 April 2020 - accessible here The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, ...
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Article originally published on EESC website, 6 April 2020 - accessible here For an urgent and comprehensive European economic recovery plan ...
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Article originally published on Council of Europe website, 16 April 2020 - accessible here “Despite the unprecedented challenges European countries ...
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The EU Fundamental Rights Agency released its first report monitoring the implication for fundamental rights in the EU amid the ...
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Ongoing monitoring by UNHCR - accessible here Displaced people and host communities all over the world are at heightened risk ...
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Ongoing initiative by European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) - accessible here The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights ...
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Article originally published on OSCE website, 19 March 2020 - accessible here In light of the growing disruptions caused by ...
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Article originally published on Council of Europe website, 26 March 2020 - accessible here I call on all Council of ...
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Article originally published on Council of Europe, 26 March 2020 - accessible here The Council of Europe’s Committee for the ...
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Hungary

Article originally published on European Parliament's LGBTI Intergroup 2 April 2020 - accessible here Trans and gender-diverse persons continue to ...
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Article originally published on Council of Europe website, 24 March 2020 - accessible here Letter from Council of Europe Secretary ...
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Article originally published on European parliament website, 24 March 2020 - accessible here The Civil Liberties Committee highlights that any ...
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Romania

Article originally published on OSCE website, 30 March 2020 - accessible here The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, ...
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Food for thoughts

Extract from article originally published on Al-Jazeera, 18 March 2020 - accessible here Author: Lorenzo Marsili In recent years, it ...
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Article originally published on New Political Economy of Europe website, 20 March 2020 - accessible here The Covid-19 crisis will ...
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Article originally published on OpenDemocracy, 23 March 2020 - accessible here Author: Donatella Della Porta Times of pandemic bring big ...
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Article originally published by ICNL, 10 March 2020 - accessible here "The coronavirus is indeed a significant threat to public ...
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