Shrinking democratic space during emergency measures
Several of the countries where Kvinna till Kvinna works have introduced state of emergency measures and extraordinary sanctions to limit the freedom of citizens, with the aim of hindering the spread of the new coronavuris.
“It is extremely important now and in the near future, for civil society organisations and the international community to monitor that these extraordinary measures are withdrawn as soon as possible when the acute crisis is over. There needs to be a strong pressure on authoritarian regimes to not give them an opportunity to use the pandemic as an excuse to limit even more the space for civil society and for women’s rights,” says Charlotte dos Santos Pruth, senior advocacy advisor at Kvinna till Kvinna.
Our partner A 11 – Initiative for Economic and Social Rights in Serbia, for example, has releasad a report which concludes that the harsh sanctions of the Serbian government created an atmosphere of uncertainty and unpredictability, and that there were more suitable measures that could have been used as a response to covid-19.
Download the report here »