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 CIVICUS Monitor. In April 2020, just one month after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the COVID-19 outbreak ...
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Article by ECF originally published on Civicus Monitor, 25 June 2020 - accessible here ASSOCIATION Government’s emergency legislation Interest Group ...
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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

Article originally published on Civicus Monitor, 22 May 2020 - accessible here PEACEFUL ASSEMBLY On 8th May 2020, several dozen ...
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France

- Unofficial translation of press release from Ligue des Droits de l’Homme, accessible in French here. While the state of emergency ...
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Report originally published by Chaire Unesco. Historically, France is a country renowned for its values and principles, which uphold human ...
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Civic space report produced by European Civic Forum to CIVICUS monitor. Association Impact of COVID-19 on CSO sector The Mouvement Associatif reported to ...
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UPDATE 16- June 2020: On 12 June 2020, the Council of State declared that the ban on demonstrations is not ...
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On May 26, Eric Ciotti, a member of the National Assembly (LR Group – conservative right) submitted a draft law, ...
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Germany

Article originally published in German on Die Aktive Bürgerschaft, 29 May 2020 - accessible here Various associations, federations and foundations ...
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Article originally published on Phineo in German - accessible here Call upon the Federal Government: We demand state support for ...
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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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Greece

- Article written by Dominika Spyratou from Common Ground. During the first lockdown, from 23 March - 4 May 2020, ...
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Migrants and refugees’ communities want to be part of the discussion on the solutions Read our interview with Moussa Sangaré, Ivorian ...
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Article originally published by Amnesty International on 16 November 2020 The sharp rise of COVID-19 cases in the past few ...
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Extract from an article by Iason Athanasiadis published on Balkan Insight, on 14 May 2020 – accessible here  A police raid on ...
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Letter originally published on Greek Forum of Refugees website, 25 March 2020 - accessible here Pdf of the letter with ...
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Hungary

- Press release by Civilisation Coalition, published on 9 February 2021 51,6 billion Euro, 40% of Hungary’s GDP (2019) is at ...
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Update 25 February 2021: The total ban for public gatherings has been in place for over 100 days and there ...
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Article originally published in CIVICUS Monitor. In April 2020, just one month after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the COVID-19 outbreak ...
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Article originally published on Hungarian Helsinki Committee website, 27 May 2020 - accessible here Rapid analysis of the Bill on ...
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Article originally published on Freedom House - accessible here Author: Gábor Filippov Hungry just became the first-ever country to fall ...
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Ireland

Towards a partnership approach between the State and the civic sector Read our interview with Ivan Cooper from The Wheel, ...
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Report by the European Civic Forum for the CIVICUS Monitor. Association CSOs secure a support fund for sector over the ...
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Statement published on ICCL website, 8 June 2020 - accessible here The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has welcomed ...
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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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Italy

Statement by ARCI, originally published in Italian, on 25 ottobre 2020, accessible here We are very disappointed to see that ...
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By Osservatorio Repressione Download the report here. Since the beginning of the COVID - 19 pandemic, in Italy, 226,699 people ...
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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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Latvia

Article originally published by ECF on Civicus Monitor, 15 May 2020 - accessible here ASSOCIATION The emergency measures implemented in ...
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Lithuania

Article originally published on 29 September 2020 at CIVICUS Monitor. COVID-19 measures In an attempt to curb the COVID-19 pandemic, ...
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Luxembourg

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Malta

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Netherlands

Analysis originally published by the European Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ECNL) on 5 October 2020 While the Dutch draft law ...
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Article originally published in CIVICUS Monitor. In April 2020, just one month after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the COVID-19 outbreak ...
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Poland

The epidemic has put us all on the same footing Read our interview with Khedi Alieva from the Women on ...
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- Analysis by OKO press, published on 11 February 2021 on Rule of Law, accessible here. Media in Poland protest ...
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- Analysis done by Notes From Poland, published on 10 February 2021, accessible here. The leader of mass protests in ...
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Analysis by Filip Pazderski, Institute of Public Affairs Download it here  Introduction of first anti-pandemic measures and their influence on ...
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Article originally published in Polish on Wyborcza.pl, 1 June 2020 - accessible here The citizens of Wrocław met on Monday ...
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Portugal

Update by ECF originally published on Civicus Monitor, 15 June 2020 - accessible here BACKGROUND Plataforma Portuguesa das ONGD (Portuguese ...
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Romania

Article originally published in Romanian on APADOR-CH, 11 July 2020 - accessible here The law of quarantine and isolation for ...
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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

When Slovenia entered the orange phase of the pandemic, some restrictions were softened. Thus, gatherings, that were previously completely forbidden, ...
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People of Slovenia took to the streets for over 20 consecutive weeks to protest against the right-wing government and its ...
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In Slovenia, according to Environmental Protection Act, non-governmental organisations that obtain the status of acting in the public interest in ...
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By Brankica Petković, Peace Institute After various restrictive measures and hostile rhetoric targeting NGOs since the new government took power ...
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Report on Slovenian civic space produced by the European Civic Forum for CIVICUS monitor. Background On 13th March 2020, only ...
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Spain

Read our interview with Carol Elias from SEDOAC– Servicio Doméstico Activo, one of the seven laureates from the Civic Pride ...
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Article originally published in Spanish in elDiario.es. Since last Friday the president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, ...
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By Defender a quien Defiende On 13 March, the Spanish President Pedro Sánchez declared the state of alarm which lasted ...
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Initiatives published by Defender a quien Defiende platform - accessible here The Burorresistiendo Manual, developed by Legal Sol with the support ...
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Update on the Spanish situation via Red Malla ...
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Sweden

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United Kingdom

- ECF update to the CIVICUS Monitor, published on 06 April 2021, accessible here. Introduction As reported previously on the Monitor, the ...
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Article originally published in CIVICUS Monitor. In April 2020, just one month after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the COVID-19 outbreak ...
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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

- Analysis by Civil Society Europe, published on 12 January 2021, accessible here. Civil Society Europe (CSE) in cooperation with ...
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- Analysis by CIVICUS Monitor's Aarti Narsee, published by Carnegie Europe on 27 January 2021, accessible here The year 2020 ...
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Article originally published on ECNL - accessible here Let us imagine now (and it’s not a stretch) that, in the ...
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Report published in June 2020 - accessible here The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic touches nearly every aspect of daily ...
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HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN THE ENFORCEMENT OF COVID-19 MEASURES IN EUROPE Published by Amnesty International, June 2020 - accessible here ...
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Publication by Balkan Civil Society Development Network, May 2020 - accessible here This analysis looks at the State of CSOs, ...
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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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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

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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Article originally published on Council of Europe website, 16 March 2020 - accessible here “Millions of people around the world ...
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Hungary

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

- Follow-up report by the Council of Europe published on 09 March 2021, available here. “European countries are failing to ...
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Civil Society Futures: Scenarios for Central Europe - Executive summary, published on Visegrad Insight - accessible here Part of this is the result ...
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Report published in June 2020 - accessible here The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic touches nearly every aspect of daily ...
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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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