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[ August 1, 2017 ]

Sign Up! World Movement Is Launching a New Participant Directory

Global

A new interactive "Participant Directory" will include profiles of individuals, networks, and organizations associated with the World Movement for Democracy. Users will be able to identify and connect with fellows activists through the new directory when searching by topics, countries, and regions.

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[ August 1, 2017 ]

Civil Society Commemorates Five-Year Anniversary of Cuban Activists' Deaths

Latin America/Caribbean, Human Rights, Institutional Development, Defending Civil Society

Latin American activists remembered the legacies of Oswaldo Payá and Harold Cepero, two pro-democracy Cuban activists who died in a suspicious car crash five years ago. On July 22, four former Latin American presidents issued online video statements calling upon the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to conduct an independent investigation into the activists’ deaths.

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[ August 1, 2017 ]

SPEAK! Campaign Launches

Global, Economic Development and Democracy, Elections, Freedom of Assembly and Association, Freedom of Expression, Human Rights, Independent Media, Institutional Development, Labor/Worker Rights, Minority Rights, Transparency, Anti- Corruption, & Accountability, Women’s Rights, Youth, Defending Civil Society

CIVICUS launched a new SPEAK! Campaign, designed to amplify voices of citizens and foster new collaborations among democracy activists. The campaign will lead into CIVICUS’s Global Days of Citizen Action (GDCA) this September.

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[ August 1, 2017 ]

Civil Society Calls For Independent Investigation in Lebanon

Middle East/North Africa, Freedom of Assembly and Association, Human Rights, Institutional Development, Minority Rights, Defending Civil Society

Three Lebanese human rights activists who requested a permit to organize a peaceful sit-in at Samir Kassir Square in Beirut, Lebanon have had their names leaked online.

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[ August 1, 2017 ]

Malaysian Authorities Detain and Deport Bangladeshi Activist Adilur Rahman Khan

Asia, Freedom of Assembly and Association, Human Rights, Institutional Development, Minority Rights, Defending Civil Society

In the morning on July 20, Malaysian immigration authorities detained prominent Bangladeshi activist Adilur Rahman Khan for 16 hours without an explanation after he arrived at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

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[ August 1, 2017 ]

New Guide and Campaign Tools for Strengthening Youth Participation

Global, Institutional Development, Youth

The National Democratic Institute (NDI) recently released their “Youth Political Participation Programming Guide” and “Change My Community Toolbox.” The guide includes “lessons from the field” that highlight the experiences of youth leaders in Kosovo and Jordan, as

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[ July 17, 2017 ]

Set Them Free Campaign Updates

Asia, Latin America/Caribbean, Middle East/North Africa, Defending Civil Society

BAHRAIN: Due to the ongoing arrests and detainment of civil society activists in Bahrain, the Set Them Free campaign has expanded its spotlight coverage of Bahrain and its human rights activists behind bars.

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[ July 17, 2017 ]

Egyptian Center for Public Policy Studies Launches #FreeNGOsinEgypt Campaign

Middle East/North Africa, Freedom of Assembly and Association, Defending Civil Society

Following the passage of a highly restrictive law regulating nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in May, the Egyptian Center for Public Policy Studies (ECPPS) has launched the #FreeNGOsinEgypt Campaign.

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[ July 17, 2017 ]

Civil Society Pressures EU To Enact Surveillance Reforms

Global, Freedom of Expression, Defending Civil Society

Thirteen international human rights organizations recently signed and published a joint letter calling on the European Union (EU) to reform its regulations of EU-made surveillance equipment.

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[ July 17, 2017 ]

Call For Applications: Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellowship Accepting 2018 Applications Until October 15

Global, Defending Civil Society

The Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program is an international exchange program that offers activists, scholars and journalists from around the world the opportunity to spend five months at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) in Washington, D.C., to undertake independent research on democratic challenges in their home countries and beyond.

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