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Statement on the COVID-19 response from civil society members of OGP Steering Committee

Comunicado sobre la respuesta COVID-19 de miembros de la sociedad civil del Comité Directivo de OGP

Communiqué sur la réponse COVID-19 des membres de la société civile OGP

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The civil society members of Open Government Partnership’s Steering Committee have released a statement on COVID and its risks to open government. Focused on democratic values, the statement is a call to action to governments, donors and international organisations. You can add your signature as a show of concern and support below.

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The Covid-19 pandemic has led to a global state of emergency, rapidly overburdening governments. Public institutions are under pressure as never before. Protecting lives and livelihoods, sustaining health-care systems and the resetting the economy have rightly become the most pressing priorities for the foreseeable future.

Yet another priority needs to be front and centre: the protection of open, inclusive and accountable governance, with democratic standards and personal rights.

A state of emergency such as this pandemic requires extraordinary measures.

In many cases, these measures have been proportionate and justified. However, in several instances there has been weakening of parliamentary oversight and other vital checks and balances, removal of key watchdog officials, aggressive censorship and pressure on journalists, and the introduction of intrusive and potentially permanent digital surveillance regimes. Many interventions appear to go beyond what is necessary for health and safety, even in a pandemic. And in some instances, measures have been introduced without any clarity on when or how they will be rolled back.

Prior to Covid-19 democracy was already at risk, with trust in government at ever lower levels and civic space under attack. A crisis of this magnitude further threatens democracy through increased political repression, overly zealous strengthening of executive power, and increased corruption.

We have already seen that governments that suppress facts, remove oversight and silence critical voices can escalate the crises and increase hardships. On the contrary, open, honest and inclusive governments are leveraging collective knowledge to improve critical services and create a shared sense of responsibility. This approach creates trust in government actions and empowers citizens to be active participants in the response and recovery.

The world finds itself at a crossroad. We can either address this pandemic in a way that protects or even revives trust, democracy, open and inclusive governance — or we can ignore them and expect a deeper erosion of open governance, one that would be very hard to reverse.

To promote the values that define democracy, we call on governments to undertake the following:

  1. Secure the independent role of parliaments. Take all possible measures to ensure that parliaments continue to function, that they are engaged in and fully consulted on decisions about the pandemic response, and that they are fully able to play their oversight and control functions;
  2. Ensure participatory collaboration and oversight. Establish specific, sectoral, participatory mechanisms to draw on the expertise in society and to ensure oversight of decisions affecting health care, rights and freedoms, and the emergency allocation of resources and funds, including short-term response and recovery packages;
  3. Proactively publish information and data on the coronavirus situation. Publish situational data, analytical models, scientific findings, and reports used in decision making and justifications of decisions. Develop specific proactive publication and open data plans to address the information needs of the public, media, academia, and civil society during the pandemic.
  4. Make all emergency public procurement transparent. Ensure that information on pandemic response procurement, including emergency procurement, is made public as soon as reasonably possible, preferably on a centralised portal and as open data. Ensure that company registration data is available so that investigative journalists and civil society watchdogs can play their role in exposing fraud and corruption.
  5. Allow all stakeholders to follow the public money. Ensure enhanced transparency of public funds related to all dimensions of the pandemic response, including the spending and recovery packages. Structure participatory debate with all sectors of society and business over economic measures.
  6. Maintain access to information laws. Take specific measures to maintain the functioning of access to information laws and timeframes for responding during the crisis. Where official capacity is limited, prioritise requests related to the current situation, either answering requests and/or proactively publishing responses to requests on a dedicated website.
  7. Guarantee and respect freedom of expression. Uphold media freedoms and the rights of journalists to seek and disseminate information, including the freedom of movement of journalists. The free flow of information, including on the internet, should be protected, and any measures to counter false information should be done in ways that do not limit free speech.
  8. Strengthen whistleblower protections. Commit to protecting whistleblowers who come forward in the public interest to expose problems, shortages, fraud, and corruption in public procurement and in the use of funds dedicated to pandemic responses;
  9. Protect privacy in all tracking. Ensure that any digital tracking and surveillance used to protect health is time-bound and periodically reviewed, is subject to continuous specialist and civil society oversight to protect privacy, and that there is full transparency on use of the data.
  10. Sustain ongoing Open Government Partnership processes. It is absolutely essential to maintain, to the extent possible, ongoing initiatives to secure and advance open government. Should there be a need to restructure Action Plans in line with the priorities outlined above, this should always be done after full consultation with civil society.

We call upon inter-governmental organisations to:

  1. Keep track and raise red flags. It is critical to monitor developments in the realm of governance and democracy, and to point to setbacks that are disproportionate to the crisis.
  2. Find the resources. Secure and mobilise resources to ensure swift and unequivocal responses to protect human rights and democratic standards, including civic space, freedom of expression, and open government.
  3. Pursue multilateralism and collaboration mechanisms. When it comes to lives, livelihoods, democracy, and economic rebuilding, begin a race to the top that lifts the many.

We call upon donors to:

  1. Make funding matter: While responding to the needs created by the pandemic, boost efforts to protect the core pillars of open and democratic societies. This should include supporting civil society organisations and investigative journalists working on transparency, the right of access to information, open data, freedom of expression, anti-corruption, and participation.

It is only by defending and strengthening open government that, during the response and recovery from the Covid-19 crisis , we will be able to revitalise global democracy and bring about more just, equal and cohesive societies.

Signed

  • María Barón, Directorio Legislativo
  • Glynnis Cummings-John, Restless Development
  • Helen Darbishire, Access Info Europe
  • Aidan Eyakuze, Twaweza
  • Delia Ferreira Rubio, Transparency International
  • Robin Hodess, The B Team
  • Giorgi Kldiashvili, Institute for Development of Freedom of Information
  • Tur-Od Lkhagvajav, Asia Democracy Network
  • Lucy McTernan, University of York
  • Elisa Peter, Publish What You Pay
  • Zuzana Wienk, White Crow
  • Asma Cherifi, Tacid Network
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Kilikpo, Public Health Initiative Liberia- PHIL (Liberia)  |  Lamin Fofanah / United For The Protection Of Human Rights Advocacy Network-Sierra Leone (Sierra Leone)  |  Observatoire citoyen de l action des Pouvoirs Publics (OCAPH) (Haiti)  |  citoyenneté pour tous (Tunisia)  |  Paul Beenen (Netherlands)  |  Laurender Sherrill, Rural Education Sponsorship Program Enhancing Communities Together_RESPECT Liberia (Liberia)  |  Henne Arnolt Verschuren, Life in Progress Institute (Netherlands)  |  Association Madinaty – Gabes (Tunisia)  |  Association Tounissiet – Gabes (Tunisia)  |  Association Gabes Active (Tunisia)  |  Association tunisienne pour l’environnement et la nature (Tunisia)  |  Association Abi Lababa pour le développement et la culture (Tunisia)  |  Samira Amorri (Tunisia)  |  Freddy Muñoz-Aguiar (Venezuela)  |  IPI / Alexei Marciuc (Moldova)  |  International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) (United States)  |  The Democratic Society aisbl (International)  |  Sarah Nelima Wesonga/ ARTICLE 19 Eastern Africa (Kenya)  |  Apiou Bienvenue (Burkina Faso)  |   Amidou Kabré, Directeur de publication du journal d’investigation en ligne TOUTE INFO (Burkina Faso)  |   Jordan MEDA (Burkina Faso)  |   Kambou Sambagnè/ radio Solidarité (Burkina Faso)  |   DAH SIE MICHAEL/ journaliste (Burkina Faso)  |   Youssef Meddeb, One to One for Research and Polling (Tunisia)  |  Mariam SAGNON (Burkina Faso)  |  Fredy Aldo Macedo Huaman (Mexico)

Comments (45)

Shasi Kumar Reply

Very nice effort, Keep it up for Humanity work.

David Ugolor Reply

This is an interesting initiative which we should all support. My experience so far in Nigeria provides evidence for implementing OGP Countries to adopt the core message in the Open Statement.

Miguel Ernesto Santacruz Paredes Reply

Respaldamos su Declaracion como Directivo de Corporación GESTIÓN EMPRENDIMIENTOS SOSTENIBLES Ayudando A Ayudar GES Guayaquil GUAYAS Ecuador
Miguel Ernesto Santacruz Paredes
Representante Legal

BISHOP VICTOR BASSEY Reply

This is quite very inclusive, a strong and a rewarding foundation for open governance to strive
the will to drive and achieve this policies are our core concern in Nigeria , Africa and the categorized THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES as corruption is a pandemic that have ravaged our and their citizens over decades of our governance and government.
Nigeria is a case study.
Congratulation to the team for putting up such a document .

John Weah Kamma Reply

Great innovation to improve transparency and accountability for the benefit of society and its people

Donal O'Brolchain Reply

The vitality of democracy depends on public understanding of complex issues. This needs the open perspective set out by Paul Kjaer (Copenhagen Business School) “…democracy serves as a mechanism of reflexivity and responsivity aimed at constantly observing and reacting to changes in society within the legal form of the rights‐based nation. Democracies are, therefore, characterised by ‘openness to the future’ in so far as meaningful democratic exercises imply the existence of a multiplicity of possible policy choices and the absence of attempts to project policies out in the future in a static manner by carving substantial policies in stone. It is this fundamental
openness which tends to make democracy more adaptive and hence ‘evolutionarily
superior’ to other forms of rule…..” Kjaer PF. European crises of legally‐constituted public power: From the ‘law of corporatism’ to the ‘law of governance’. Eur Law J. 2017;23:417–430.

Ruchir Shah Reply

Good call!

Thamsanqa Robert Ncube Reply

The COVID-19 outbreak & UNESCO ‘s mission
UNESCO’ s response
The COVID-19 outbreak is a global public health crisis. It resonates deeply also at the heart of UNESCO ‘s mission. GOVID-19 tells us scientific cooperation is key when dealing with a global public health issue.
It tells us that continued education must be ensured when so many children today cannot go to school. It is stark reminder of the importance of quality, reliable information, at a time when rumors are flourishing. It tells about the power of culture & knowledge to strengthen human fabric and solidarity, at a time when so many people around the world must keep social distance and stay at home. UNESCO is fully committed to supporting governments for distance learning open science, knowledge and culture sharing, as fundamental means to stand together and tighten the bonds of our shared humanity.

Ernest Mpararo Reply

The text is ok

Sam Ogwal Reply

I concur

Ky Djamilatou Reply

Transparency and the Inclusion of all actors in society in the face of Covid-19 is today more than a necessity in order to strengthen and preserve democrate, equality of Human Right and to consolidate our efforts to preserve a strong, united and supportive United Nations in the face of this common enemy, Covid-19.

Nicolasa Caraballo Reply

Excelente comunicado, super necesario para los paises de America Latina con gobiernos autoritarios en constante violacion de los derechos humanos y cortando toda posibilida de participacion ciudadana. Gracias

Walter trejo urquiola Reply

Suscribo el documento

Walter trejo urquiola Reply

Desde Catedra de la Paz y Derechos Humanos Mons Oscar A Romero de la Universidad de los Andes creemos que es muy buena la iniciativa para fortalecer la sociedad civil en Cultura de Paz y Derechos Humanos.

debbebi moez Reply

president de la ligue Nationale pour la Sécurité et la Citoyenneté ( tunisie)

Danche Danilovska-Bajdevska (North Macedonia) Reply

Transparency is our fundamental right.

Bismarck Ortiz Rondon Reply

Suscribimos este documento en nombre de la Asociación Civil Unidad y Cambio. Funcionamos en el estado Bolívar, Venezuela.

Sam Chang Reply

A very well written document. I want to use this opportunity to clarify a fake-news regarding Taiwan.
Taiwan is an open society. Almost all of the reports about its success (to-date) in dealing with the virus is true, except this, Taiwan did NOT try to warn WHO on December 31st. It was an inquiry, an inquiry based on official document released by PRC citing some patients were in isolation intensive care, not an “attempt to warn” as the Taiwan officials try to claim now. Taiwan official press release on Jan. 6 says there was no evidence of human-to-human transfer.
My own view of Taiwan’s success is, in order of priority, 1. Luck, 2. People already had masks and were willing to wear them due to air pollution concerns and previous experience with SARS, 3. government’s timely response, which was clearly based on information disclosed by PRC and gradually tightened as data disclosed showed increasing risks. Taiwan’s success proves (a) it is possible to deal with the virus issue in a democracy and (b) PRC did not deliberately hide data or even if it did, the data it did disclose was timely enough for other countries to take proper precautions. Taiwan sent two government doctors to Wuhan to investigate on January 13, 14. Obviously could have done so only with PRC permission. It is very unfortunate and irresponsible on the part of politicians in other countries to now try to hide their own mistakes/incompetence with Taiwan government helping to fan the flame to shift blame to PRC and WHO. How is that going to help future cases? Had a virus threat started in Taiwan, would Taiwan have allowed PRC doctors come over to investigate when there is no case yet in China?
Taiwan has been lucky that the virus spread timeline was not 10 days earlier. Suppose it was and Wuhan lockdown occurred on January 13th, rather than 23rd, the hundreds of thousands of Taiwan’s citizens returning for the January 11 election and subsequent CNY holidays would have wrecked Taiwan already. Our testing capacity is only 1800 per day, far behind S. Korea, no way we could have coped with a community spread.
Government officials’ claim that they knew as of December 31 and they knew the spread was far wider than China disclosed would mean the Taiwan government here deliberately let all these returning citizens to infect Taiwan, which would be non-sense of course. Taiwan is not out of the woods yet. We had a naval combat support ship case and it is also apparent there were attempts to cover up mistakes(sounds familiar?).
We still have some worry of community spread, if it does happen, I don’t think it will be very wide. Mainly because the people are well prepared. Masks. Hand sanitizer at virtually every building entrance, etc.

Gipsy Sarita Montiel Ramírez Reply

Apoyamos toda iniciativa que conlleve a motivar la transparencia pública, realidad y conocimiento que hoy es necesaria en materia de protección de derechos humanos y ejercicio ciudadano, frente a esta pandemia mundial Covid-19 .
Desde Mérida Venezuela Observatorio penal Mérida- OPEM DDHH

Xoli Gwayi Reply

Yes I agree, its true and correct, especially the part of transparency and Corruption monitoring and that must include misuse of donor funds

Barbechi Reply

La transparence c est un droit acquis.

Lahfaoui Reply

Une bonne initiative et un important appel.bonne contuniation

Brian C Bray Reply

We must take steps to prevent bad political actors from taking advantage of this crisis for political gain.

Kabir Hamisu Kura Reply

An appreciative effort. Keep it up.

SINARE FATIMATA OUILMA Reply

C’est ensemble que nous relèverons l’ensemble des défis qui se posent à nous.

Karim Abdessalem Reply

Merci pour l initiative

Arjun Bhattarai Reply

Great initiative ! Keep it up for governance and accountability !

Khadija essghaier Reply

The text is ok

Habib Zarrougui Reply

Les politiciens ont divulgué des mensonges et ont caché la vérité….ils ont créé ce fléau afin d.établir un nouveau ordre mondial.

Iheb agrebi Reply

Merci bien

Mohamed BOUKIL Reply

Merci pour l initiative, je suis d’accord, en particulier la partie de la transparence et du suivi de la corruption

Roya Invest company, Mr Temim Chaibi Reply

yes we are partner for transparency

Roya Invest company, Mr Temim Chaibi Reply

Ok i accept

Salma meddeb Reply

On est également une société qui soutient cette campagne

Salma meddeb Reply

Signez svp

Oscar Oszlak Reply

Una declaración oportuna y urgente frente a tendencias preocupantes en la actuación de muchos gobiernos alrededor del mundo.

Hafsat Mustafa Reply

If governments have been demonstrating openness and accountability before the emergency response, then it wouldn’t be difficult for citizens to follow the spending in the pandemic situation. This experience further reinforces why we need to call on our government to be transparent, the time for us to insist on the use of technology for information sharing and dissemination. We need to change the landscape of what we accept as civil society, some governments are good at tokenism, they attend meetings with civil society, attend dialogue forums with very little intention of honoring commitments. All that will have to change and civil society need to carry out a re-evaluation of what we are not doing right in our relationship with government,

Mohammad Shahidur Rahman Reply

all countries need to create funds together for solving emergence and find out medicine or vaccine.

G. Ralph Jimmeh, Jr Reply

The vibrancy of democracy depends on access to information, which is a fundamental human right. This right enhances openness and government responsiveness to her citizens.
We think that this initiative is a more inclusive and supportive effort to galvanize collective approach in the strengthening of citizens participation and accountability of COVID-19 resources

ELISABETH PENKEN Epse NKOLO AYISSI Reply

Les gouvernements feraient preuves de transparence ; utiliser les fonds prévu pour le travail de la Société Civile pour l’accomplissement des droits à la transparence ; Inclure les Femmes au processus de tous les décisions pour une bonne transparence dans la mission quelles se donnent. Revoir la gouvernance.

PENKEN Elisabeth Reply

Que les gouvernants fassent preuve d’inclusion de toutes les énergies y compris des forces vives féminines,des minorités….Que ces femmes soient introduites dans tout le processus décisionnel dans ce combat contre le COVIB 19,elles y ont droit
Nous souhaitons que des partenaires au développement viennent davantage en aide aux associations de la société civile dans nos pays du Sud qui ont peu de mécènes, pour le soutien de leurs activités sur place.

Winnie Kamau Reply

Great move hope we will all benefit and learn from each other

Mariam Sagnon Reply

Depuis le début de la pandémie du Covid 19, notre gouvernement reçoit de part et d’autres des contributions, qu’elles soient matérielles ou financières. Mais jusque là, il ne communique pas assez sur le point des ces contributions, ces dons. On aimerait savoir plus, combien il a reçu au total, comment ces dons sont repartis, est ce qu’il y a un manque à gagner, s’il y a un sur plus, comment sera fait la gestion de ce surplus.

Mariam Sagnon Reply

Nous soutenons cette campagne

SIE MICHAEL DAH Reply

L’initiative est à point nommé. Elle permettra d’avoir un oeil regardant sur la bonne gestion de cette pandémie qui sévi le monde entier

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