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January 15, 2019

#SetThemFree Campaign Updates

Egypt On December 24, 2018, a military court upheld the 10-year sentence of renowned researcher and journalist Ismail Alexandrani. He was sentenced on May 22, 2018 on politically motivated charges of “divulging state secrets” and “membership [in] a banned group,” for his vocal concern over military action in the contested Sinai Peninsula. Read more in […]

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January 15, 2019

Join Our Online Course: The Right to Receive Funding in Africa

The Civic Space Institute (CSI) and World Movement for Democracy (WMD) are pleased to announce the launch of an online course on understanding and protecting civil society’s right to access resources from both domestic and foreign sources. The eight-week long course is offered to civil society organization leaders, activists, practitioners, academics, and other interested individuals […]

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January 15, 2019

Zimbabwe Court Throws Out Charges Against Protesting Teachers

On December 18, 2018, fourteen members of the Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ) were detained and charged with “disorderly conduct” for staging protests against “the country’s worsening economic crisis,” and low pay for teachers. However, in a positive development for union rights in Zimbabwe, a Harare-based court dismissed the case shortly thereafter. The […]

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January 15, 2019

Brazilian Civil Society Condemns New Anti-NGO Legislation

On January 2, 2019, the new Brazilian government introduced a provisional measure that would allow it to “supervise, coordinate, monitor and observe the activities and actions of international agencies and non-governmental organisations within national territory.” In response, civil society organizations have spoken out against the measure and highlighted the ways it violates rights guaranteed by the […]

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January 15, 2019

The Business Case for Civil Society

Why should companies care about the increasing oppression of civil society? In a new report, Rights CoLab and DLA Piper explore reasons why companies should advocate on behalf of civil society organizations (CSOs) in the face of shrinking civic space and the repression of individual freedoms. Foremost, it notes, “a growing body of research has […]

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January 15, 2019

Making a Case For Media And News Literacy In Combating Disinformation

In recent years, disinformation has emerged as a serious threat to democratic societies around the globe. In a new article, former Hurford Youth Fellow Anthony Esguerra of the Philippines outlines how authoritarians use disinformation to undermine credible information and silence dissent. As many democrats grapple with finding solutions to this challenge, Esguerra reinforces the critical […]

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January 8, 2019

Coalition of Nicaraguan Movements Outlines Crisis and Requests Help

Read the letter here.

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December 31, 2018

2019: The Year Ahead

Happy New Year! This year, the World Movement for Democracy will celebrate its 20th anniversary. At the First Global Assembly in New Delhi, India, the founding members of the World Movement envisioned creating a network of democrats to build international solidarity by exchanging ideas and experiences and fostering collaboration among democratic forces around the world. […]

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