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.

CSI Empowers Civil Society Around the World

Governments increasingly deny citizen’s freedom to peacefully assemble and associate with others and to express their beliefs in physical and virtual spaces. This limits their ability to participate in political, social, and economic processes and to improve their communities. It also limits their ability to hold governments accountable and ensure that political leaders serve the people rather than themselves.

To overcome government restrictions, CSI empowers civil society around the world by:

The CSI is a collaborative initiative of ARTICLE 19, CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, International Center for Not-for-Profit Law, and the World Movement for Democracy, and is supported by the Government of Sweden.

 

Ongoing Activities

Civic Space at the United Nations

UN Special Rapporteur (UNSR) on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, Clement Voule, joined us at the Ninth Global Assembly to discuss the future of civic space with participants.

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FOAA Online

Report by former UNSR on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, Maina Kiai, demonstrates the positive impact civil society has made in communities around the world.

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Mapping the Achievements of Civil Society

Former UNSR on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, Maina Kiai, published a report that demonstrates the positive impact civil society has made in communities around the world.

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News & Alerts

September 10, 2018

Burundi Activist’s Conviction Sends ‘Chilling Message’ to Civil Society

On August 13, 2018, Burundian human rights activist Nestor Nibitanga was sentenced to five years in prison, accused of preparing reports on human rights abuses for an organization banned by the government—the Association for the Protection of Human Rights and Detained Persons (APRODEH). Prior to its forced closure in 2015, APRODEH was the leading reporter […]

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August 6, 2018

Action Needed to Safeguard Civic Space Within International Organizations

The World Movement joins other non-governmental organizations in welcoming the adoption of a resolution on civic space at the 38th Session of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council. With over 50 states co-sponsoring the resolution, it is clear that the international community understands the immense importance of an active civil society and that its continued repression […]

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