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International Civil Society Week closes with #FreedomRunner launch
Belgrade, Serbia – More than 200 civil society leaders and human rights activists from some 100 countries were seen running through the streets of Serbia today – literally. The #FreedomRunner event, held at the close of International Civil Society Week (ICSW) 2019, a week-long global civil society...
CSOs call for action for inclusive Sustainable Development process at Civil Society Summit in Belgrade
Belgrade, Serbia – Civil society organisation (CSO) representatives, development workers, activists, and campaigners from all over the world are gathering in Belgrade, Serbia on April 8, 2019 for the Civil Society Summit as part of International Civil Society Week. The Civil Society Summit 2019...
World’s civil society to gather in Balkans to strengthen the “Power of Togetherness”
Belgrade, Serbia – Across the globe, human rights organisations are increasingly being attacked by governments. Activists, journalists and people who speak out against growing restrictions are persecuted. A historic rise of populist leaders continues to erode fundamental freedoms, heightening...
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Civic space watchlist: 5 countries to keep an eye on
The CIVICUS Monitor Watch List highlights serious concerns regarding the exercise of civic freedoms in Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Sudan, and Venezuela. The Watch List draws attention to countries where there are serious and ongoing threats to civic space, according to CIVICUS Monitor research findings and consultations with activists on the ground.
Six in ten countries now seriously repressing civic freedoms
Findings based on data released by the CIVICUS Monitor, a global research collaboration which rates and tracks the respect for fundamental freedoms in 196 countries.
Saudi Arabia: Free Saudi activists now!
Ahead of Saudi Arabia’s upcoming UPR, CIVICUS, the International Service for Human Rights (ISHR), the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR), Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB), and Women’s March Global launch an advocacy campaign to highlight the widespread and systematic crackdown against dissent in the country.
Nicaragua Protests 2018
Civil Society call on the government of Nicaragua to immediately stop using violence to repress peaceful protests and fully comply with the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts to investigate the human rights violations and ensure that perpetrators are held accountable for their actions.
Austria’s civic space rating downgraded
CIVICUS has downgraded Austria’s civic space rating from "open" to "narrowed". This decision was taken following a thorough assessment of conditions in the country for the free exercise of civic freedoms, as protected by international law. The downgrade follows nearly a year of rule by the ÖVP-FPÖ coalition government, during which the space for civil society has worsened.
Tanzania: Attacks on citizen rights
65 rights groups urge government to end attacks on activists, journalists and members of the opposition party.
Civic Space at a Glance
number of countries with closed, repressed or obstructed civic space
(%) percentage of the world’s population that live in a country with ‘open’ civic space
number of human rights defenders killed in 2017 for their peaceful work (Source: DefendDefenders)