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The Global Monitor of COVID19´s Impact on Democracy and Human Rights - A one-stop tool to hold governments to account

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The Covid-19 pandemic is not just a global public health crisis. It has huge implications for democracies and fundamental rights around the world.

Some governments are restricting civil liberties freedoms, discriminating in enforcement of pandemic-related measures, limiting parliamentary and civic oversight, and exploiting opportunities for executive aggrandizement in the name of fighting the pandemic. Many governments are restricting human rights and fundamental freedoms, such as the freedoms of assembly and of movement. While certain restrictions can be justified under international law, notably if they are lawful, necessary, proportionate, subject to review and of limited duration, it is paramount that they are lifted once the COVID-19 outbreak is over. Worryingly, a wide-range of human rights abuses can be witnessed, including incidents where the COVID-19 outbreak appears to be the pretext for repressive measures against critical or opposition voices or religious, ethnic, or sexual minorities.

Speakers

Jutta Urpilainen
EU Commissioner for International Partnerships
Kevin Casas Zamora
Secretary General, International IDEA
Hannah Neumann
MEP - Vice-Chair of the Subcommittee on Human Rights, European Parliament
Yasmine Ouirhrane
Expert on Peace & Security, Founder of the platform and podcast We Belong, EDD 2019 Young Leader
Jessica Musila
Civil society practitioner, Open Governance Fellow at the Kenyan think tank Local Development Research Institute (LDRI)

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Date
07/07/2020 - 10:00

Launch event

Jutta Urpilainen, EU Commissioner for International Partnerships and Kevin Casas Zamora, International IDEA Secretary General will launch The Global Monitor of COVID19´s Impact on Democracy and Human Rights on Tuesday, July 7.

Webinar - The Global Monitor of COVID-19’s Impact on Democracy and Human Rights

Global Monitor launch event

A tool to hold governments to account

Policy-makers, academics, civil society and journalists are searching for ways to both understand the crisis and its ramifications, as well as finding the right policy solutions in this unprecedented situation. But accurate, trustworthy and clear information can be hard to come by.

The Global Monitor of COVID19´s Impact on Democracy and Human Rights will be a one-stop platform that facilitates public access to knowledge, information, data, analysis and policy guidance that is produced by International IDEA and other trackers of democratic rights on the implications of measures adopted by governments in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance

The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) is an intergovernmental organization with the mandate to support and advance democracy worldwide. International IDEA contributes to the public debate on democracy and assists in strengthening process, reforms, institutions and actors that build, advance and safeguard democracy, with a focus on electoral processes; constitution-building processes; and political participation and representation. Mainstreamed across all of our work is gender and inclusion, conflict sensitivity and sustainable development.

More information: Research on COVID-19 and Democracy

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