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December 4, 2019

New Resources Offer Ways to Empower Grassroots and Local NGOs

The Global Fund for Community Foundations held their “Pathways to Power: a Symposium on People-Led Development” in November 2019, exploring numerous new development models to empower grassroots organizations. Participants discussed how local, on-the-ground groups can be more effectively brought in alongside international NGOs as co-creators in a variety of ways, and how best to facilitate […]

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December 3, 2019

Azerbaijani Activists Appeal to the UN Committee Against Torture

In the face of arbitrary arrests and torture, Azerbaijani civil society activists have appealed to the United Nations Committee Against Torture (CAT) and the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT), asking them to intervene to prevent further violence. The appeal, signed by 21 people, says that in response to peaceful rallies on October […]

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October 22, 2019

ALERT: Arbitrary Arrests and Police Brutality in Azerbaijan

The World Movement is concerned to learn about the widespread repressive actions taken by the Azerbaijani government in response to peaceful protests on October 19-20, 2019. These measures include arbitrary arrests, police brutality, and an internet and mobile shutdown. Such actions show the government’s flagrant disregard for its citizens’ basic human rights, including the right […]

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October 16, 2019

Call for Opinion: Accountability Lab 2023 Strategy

The Accountability Lab has issued a call for public input on its 2020-2023 strategy “to make governance work for people everywhere by supporting active citizens, responsible leaders, and accountable institutions.” Foremost, the strategy focuses on the necessity for campaigns that support positive narratives and create role-models for youth. It also outlines the utility in strengthening established […]

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October 16, 2019

Mapping Violence against the Philippines’ Environmental Defenders

A recent report published by Global Witness explores violence against environmental activists in the Philippines, which was the most dangerous country for environmental defenders in 2018 with 30 activists murdered for their work. The report finds that attacks were predominantly motivated by the mining, agribusiness, logging, and coal industries. The report alleges that the government […]

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October 16, 2019

Tech Organizations Launch “Digital First Aid Kit”

A new resource called the Digital First Aid Kit aims to help “rapid responders, digital security trainers, and tech-savvy activists” deal with common types of digital emergencies, such as receiving spear phishing attacks, losing access to online accounts, or being impersonated online. The tool walks users through steps to resolve various issues and includes a […]

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October 16, 2019

UNSR Report Underscores Role of Donors in Protecting Peaceful Assembly and Association

On October 15, 2019, the United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Assembly and Association, Clement Voule, presented a thematic report to the UN General Assembly. The report considers “the impacts of violations to the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association on sustainable development.” It emphasizes how civil society is better able to […]

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October 16, 2019

European Court Brings Suit against Azerbaijan for Blocking News Websites

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) is bringing a case against the Azerbaijan government for blocking four independent media organizations’ websites, which have been inaccessible since March 27, 2017. The affected media organizations are Meydan TV, Azadliq, Azerbaycan Saati and Turan TV. The government instituted the blocks with the allegation that they contain prohibited material that calls for […]

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October 16, 2019

“Raising Their Voices: How Effective Are Pro-youth Laws and Policies?”

Increasingly, stakeholders in civil society and government recognize that youth inclusion will result in more innovative and inclusive policies. To inform stakeholders on effective youth engagement, a new report published by the Consortium for Elections and Political Process Strengthening (CEPPS) “offers recommendations for funders, implementers and local partners considering the implications of national youth policy […]

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October 16, 2019

Egypt Escalates Crackdown against Human Rights Activists with Abduction and Torture

Since anti-corruption protests began on September 20, 2019, the government of Egypt has arrested more than 3,120 people, including respected civil society leaders and the lawyers defending them. On October 12, 2019, armed plainclothes officers kidnapped Egyptian activist and journalist Esraa Abdelfattah in an escalating crackdown on civil society leaders. Abdelfattah is detained under investigation for “disseminating false news” […]

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