Defending Democratic Space

Freedoms are increasingly restricted for people who wish to voice their concerns, come together, and address those concerns by engaging stakeholders. In both physical and digital spaces, they face limitations on where they can meet, how they can interact, and what they can say or do. This is particularly true under authoritarian regimes, but also under new and established democracies where minority views are marginalized. As a result, citizens have less influence in political processes that impact their lives and are unable to hold their governments accountable.


Reviving Democratic Commitments

In September 2018, the World Movement will convene civil society members in Seoul, South Korea to discuss “Reviving Democratic Commitments: Strengthening Citizenship and Institutions.”




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Civic Space in Tunisia

UN Special Rapporteur (UNSR) on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, Clement Voule, will meet with civil society organizations during a country visit to Tunisia from September 17-28, 2018.



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World Movement Hosts Event on Human Rights Suppression in Crimea

In June 2017, the World Movement hosted an event on human rights in Crimea with Tetiana Pechonchyk, Head of the Board of the Human Rights Information Centre (HRIC); Olga Skrypnyk, Head of the Crimean Human Rights Group (CHRG); and members the international affairs community in Washington, DC.

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Access to Resources

Civil society organizations (CSOs) around the world increasingly face restrictions on their access to domestic and foreign donor funding.

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There are hundreds of individuals in the world who are unjustly imprisoned because they chose to challenge oppressive laws and stand for human rights or because they openly advocate for more transparent and accountable governance.

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A Call for Democratic Renewal

The Statement rallies activists, governments, and citizens to push back against the wave of resurgent authoritarianism.

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Civic Space Initiative

The Civic Space Initiative (CSI) supports civil society activists facing restrictions on their freedoms by helping them understand their rights and helping the public recognize the positive contribution civil society organizations (CSO) make in their lives.

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Defending Civil Society

Launched in 2007, the Defending Civil Society project is an ongoing effort to develop strategies with and build solidarity among activists and groups seeking to reform repressive laws targeting civil society.

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News & Alerts

July 1, 2018

Latin American Youth Network for Democracy Launches the #Libérenlos Campaign

As governments in Latin America increasingly utilize arbitrary detention as a means of silencing dissent, the Latin American Youth Network for Democracy (JuventudLAC) launched its new #Libérenlos campaign on June 7, 2018 in Caracas, Venezuela. The campaign, in collaboration with the World Movement’s #SetThemFree campaign, intends to bring awareness to arbitrarily detained activists by spreading […]

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August 6, 2018

Fighting to Improve Workers’ Rights in the FIFA World Cup

The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup remains one of the most highly anticipated events for soccer fans and other citizens alike. However, states expert Jin-Sook Lee of Building and Woodworkers International(BWI), “21 workers were killed in the construction of these stadiums” while preparing for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. To combat poor […]

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