As COVID-19 sweeps across the globe, we face an unprecedented crisis that is having an impact on us all in varied but profound ways. My hope, and that of everyone here at the Fund for Global Human Rights, is that you, your loved ones, the activists we support, and the communities they serve remain safe and healthy during this challenging time.
We do not know what will come next, but we do know one thing—local action can help save lives right now.
We need local leaders to fill the gaps and mobilize their communities when public systems are overwhelmed or break down. We need local activists to make sure opportunities for prevention and protection are afforded equitably, and that vulnerable people receive the support and services they need. We need local watchdogs to ensure that emergency measures put in place now do not extend beyond this crisis and restrict fundamental rights and freedoms.
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