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[ June 15, 2017 ]

Youth Activists Convene Online Cross-Regional Democracy Discussion

Africa, Asia

On May 31, 2017, Hurford Youth Fellow, Johnson Yeung facilitated an online discussion on how to advance mutual understanding within democratic movements and maintain effective communication between masses. The online discussion explores how horizontal leadership structures within movements influence the effectiveness of broader democracy building efforts.

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[ June 15, 2017 ]

Civil Society Criticizes Egypt's Restrictive NGO Law

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

On May 30, 2017, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi signed 87 highly punitive articles comprising the NGO Law.

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[ June 15, 2017 ]

Burma's Telecommunications Law Threatens Freedom of Expression

Asia, Human Rights, Defending Civil Society

On June 4, 2017, Burmese authorities arrested U Tun Tun Oo, leader of the Human Rights Activists Association, citing Burma’s notorious Telecommunications Law.

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[ June 15, 2017 ]

Forum 2000's Appeal for Democratic Renewal

Global, Economic Development and Democracy, Human Rights, Defending Civil Society

Responding to the World Movement for Democracy’s 2015 Call for Democratic Renewal, the formation of a dynamic coalition of democratic leaders was announced in a statement entitled the “Prague Appeal for Democratic Renewal.” The statem

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[ June 15, 2017 ]

FOAA Online Tool for Civil Society Debuts

Global, Freedom of Assembly and Association, Human Rights, Defending Civil Society

On June 6, 2017, the office of the UNSR for freedom peaceful assembly and association launched FOAA Online – an online portal of user-friendly legal arguments for civil society activists who are fighting to defend those rights.

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[ June 2, 2017 ]

Iraqi Civil Society Stops Bill Restricting Free Speech

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

On May 13, 2017, Iraqi Parliamentarians delayed the passage of a draft of the Law on Freedom of Expression, Assembly, and Peaceful Demonstration after citizens, civil society organizations, and trade and labor unions protested the proposed legislation.

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[ June 2, 2017 ]

Citizens in the DR Congo Supportive of Youth Movements

Africa, Elections, Peace and Conflict Resolution, Youth

A new report finds that a majority of Congolese citizens surveyed view pro-democracy youth movements favorably, while only 27% approve of President Joseph Kabila’s performance.

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[ June 2, 2017 ]

SetThemFree Campaign Updates

Latin America/Caribbean, Middle East/North Africa, Freedom of Assembly and Association, Freedom of Expression, Human Rights, Transparency, Anti- Corruption, & Accountability, Youth, Defending Civil Society
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[ June 2, 2017 ]

UNSR Report: "Mapping the Achievements of Civil Society"

Global, Freedom of Assembly and Association, Human Rights, Defending Civil Society

Former UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, Maina Kiai, released his final thematic report to the UN Human Rights Council entitled “Mapping the Achievements of Civil Society.” The report highlights successes of civil society across a variety of sectors over the past decade by identify

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[ May 15, 2017 ]

New DefendDefenders Statement Encourages African Commission Engagement

Africa, Freedom of Assembly and Association, Human Rights, Institutional Development, Peace and Conflict Resolution, Defending Civil Society

On May 9, 2017, Hassan Shire, the Executive Director of the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (DefendDefenders), addressed the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights and encouraged them to play a stronger role in protecting human rights on the continent.

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