Policing the pandemic: EU governments have introduced "unnecessary and disproportionate restrictions on civic space and freedoms"


A report by Greenpeace and Liberties details measures taken by a variety of EU governments in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The report argues that governments have taken "political advantage of the pandemic" by curbing "the right to protest, free speech, access to information and freedom of association."

EU Governments Use Pandemic Measures to Restrict Civic Space and Freedoms: Liberties & Greenpeace Report (Liberties, link):

"To protect public health, governments have adopted measures that radically change the way we live. Temporary restrictions on certain freedoms may be necessary to save lives and protect at-risk groups. But many governments have adopted problematic measures in the name of protecting public health. In some cases, government measures simply go further than is necessary.

In other cases, governments are deliberately taking advantage of COVID-19 to undermine individual freedoms and democracy in ways that actually endanger public health. In particular, they imposed unnecessary and disproportionate restrictions on the right to protest, free speech, access to information and freedom of association.

These rights are essential as they provide citizens with the tools they need to ensure that their governments act in their best interests when navigating the pandemic."

Report: Locking down critical voices: How governments' responses to the Covid-19 pandemic are unduly restricting civic space and freedoms across the EU (link to pdf)


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