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January 20, 2022

Call for Inputs for the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association

Clement Voule, UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, is calling for inputs for a report to be presented at the 50th session of the Human Rights Council. This report will center around the ability of civil society organizations (CSOs) to access resources, including foreign funding. Inputs from […]

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January 20, 2022

ECNL Publishes Factsheet on International Standards for Peaceful Assemblies and Facial Recognition Technology

The European Center for Not-for-Profit Law released a publication highlighting the impact of facial recognition technologies (FRT) on peaceful assemblies. The use of FRT in public spaces can pose risks to the participants of peaceful gatherings, including the violation of one’s right to privacy and the risk of false identification, and therefore international safeguards are […]

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January 20, 2022

The Arab Reform Initiative Assesses the Role of Independent Professional Associations in Political Movements in the Region

In the Arab region, independent professional associations have long played a role in both political organizing and advocacy for the rights of their members. A new Arab Reform Initiative report concludes that while these associations have faced major crackdowns under authoritarian regimes, they have also played a key part in organizing popular movements. This report […]

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January 20, 2022

Unchained Vibes Africa Hosts Monthly Performance for Democracy Activists: Freedom Vibes Series

Unchained Vibes Africa continued its the Freedom Vibes Series, a monthly performance for artists and activists that aims to create awareness on different social issues, with an event on December 18, 2021 featuring Afrobeat icon Seun Kuti and Lagos lawyer and seasoned political activist Dele Farotimi. The live shows take place in Lagos, Nigeria and […]

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January 20, 2022

The Committee to Protect Journalists Reports a Record-High Number of Journalists Jailed in 2021

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CJP) released their 2021 prison census which found that 293 reporters were jailed for their work in the past year, setting a new record. Additionally, at least 24 journalists were killed as a result of their reporting in 2021. China continues to be the biggest jailer of reporters, with Burma […]

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January 20, 2022

World Movement Steering Committee Member Zafarullah Khan joins Pakistan’s National Commission for Human Rights

Zafarullah Khan, a member of World Movement’s steering committee, joined the National Commission for Human Rights (NCHR) in Pakistan this month. The NCHR was established in accordance with the Paris Principles, the international minimum standards for effective and credible national human rights institutions.

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January 6, 2022

Happy New Year from the World Movement for Democracy!

The World Movement for Democracy will embark on exciting new ventures in 2022, and we’d like to give you a preview of what’s to come. Leveraging our work in the past year, we will build greater unity of effort for expanding civic space and empowering the next generation of committed democrats to achieve their democratic […]

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December 17, 2021

DemocracyALERT: Independent Labor Rights Activist Threatened by the Cuban Government

The World Movement for Democracy is alarmed by the ongoing harassment and recent threat of legal charges by the Cuban government against Ivan Hernández Carrillo, an independent labor and human rights activist in Cuba. The World Movement calls on the Cuban government to immediately drop its threat of charges against Hernández Carrillo, end arbitrary harassment, […]

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November 17, 2021

Announcing the 11th Global Assembly of the World Movement for Democracy

Press Release Announcing the 11th Global Assembly of the World Movement for Democracy in Taipei, Taiwan WASHINGTON, DC – The World Movement for Democracy will hold its 11th Global Assembly in Taipei, Taiwan, on October 24-27, 2022, to strengthen solidarity among democracy advocates around the world in their efforts to build a more democratic future. […]

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October 13, 2021

Remembering Chito Gascon

“An empowered citizen, when confronted by tyranny, will choose freedom and will be prepared to sacrifice in unison with others for a noble calling.” — Chito Gascon, from his opening remarks at the Eighth Global Assembly of the World Movement in Seoul, South Korea, in 2015.           The World Movement for […]

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