Covid-19 and freedom of Assembly and Association
The Covid-19 pandemic has posed unprecedented challenges to human rights around the world. Clément Voule, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association salutes the efforts of governments, international organizations and civil society working together to protect the public from this health hazard.
No country or government can solve the crisis alone; civil society organizations should be seen as strategic partners in the fight against the pandemic. The Special Rapporteur is concerned by information received from online consultations with civil society around the world, that reveal several worrying trends and limitations, including on civil society's ability to support an effective response.
In the face of the current public health emergency, the Special Rapporteur would like to remind States of the necessity of responding in a manner compliant with their human rights obligations. In particular, the Special Rapporteur would like to emphasize ten key principles: