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.


Reconciling Traditional and Democratic Values

In October 2017, the World Movement, the National Endowment for Democracy, and the Georgian Foundation for Strategic International Studies, facilitated a meeting to help civil society organizations (CSOs) respond to allegations that their work undermines social cohesion and moral order.

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Civic Space at the United Nations

UN Special Rapporteur (UNSR) on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, Prof. Annalisa Ciampi, will speak at side event on expanding civic space within the United Nations during the United Nations Generally Assembly in New York in October 2017.

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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

March 15, 2017

“Black Code” Documentary Screened at Human Rights Watch Film Festival

Every year, the Human Rights Watch (HRW) Film Festival screens in more than 20 cities and selects approximately 40 films featuring human rights activists’ stories. This year, “Black Code,” a documentary featuring the founder of Citizen Lab Ron Deibert and his colleagues has been chosen for screening. The Citizen Lab researchers use evidence-based research to […]

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April 14, 2017

“Respect Democratic Principles in Venezuela” – Latin American Civil Society

Pro-democracy network Latin American and Caribbean Network for Democracy (REDLAD) and Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, spoke out against the Venezuelan Supreme Court’s recent attempt to strip the National Assembly of its power and called upon President Nicolas Maduro to respect democracy and human rights in the country. After […]

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