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September 7, 2021

DemocracyALERT: Arrests of Civil Society Activists and Journalists in Crackdown on Peaceful Protests in South Sudan

The World Movement for Democracy is alarmed by the escalation of arrests and harassments of civil society organization members, activists, and journalists in South Sudan. The South Sudanese government has increased their crackdown on freedoms following the call for peaceful demonstrations against the government on August 30, 2021, by the People’s Coalition for Civil Action […]

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July 21, 2021

DemocracyALERT: Arrest of Civil Society Activists and Citizens in Crackdown on Peaceful Protests in Cuba

The World Movement for Democracy is alarmed by the ongoing crackdown and arrest of activists such as Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara, José Daniel Ferrer, and journalist Henry Constantín, among others, in Cuba. The World Movement calls on the Cuban government to immediately release all detained protesters and to respect activists’ rights of freedom of expression, […]

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July 15, 2021

DemocracyALERT: The Crackdown on Civil Society and Opposition Figures in Nicaragua Must Stop

The World Movement for Democracy is alarmed by the ongoing crackdown and arrest of civil society activists and presidential candidates in Nicaragua. The World Movement calls on the Nicaraguan government to immediately cease in its repression of opposition and civil society figures, release all political prisoners, and respect the rights of freedom of expression, association, […]

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July 15, 2021

Roland Rich Publishes Study on Relationship between Regime Type and Government COVID-19 Responses

Along with his postgraduate students, Roland Rich, professor at Rutgers, State University of New Jersey has published an e-book titled “COVID-19 Under Democracy and Autocracy.” This e-book is a ten-country study of government responses to the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. It examines six democratic government responses and four autocratic government responses to determine whether regime type […]

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July 15, 2021

The Forum on Information and Democracy Proposes “A New Deal for Journalism”

Describing independent journalism as facing a “potential extinction event” given the seriousness of the challenges against it, the Forum on Information and Democracy’s new report “A New Deal for Journalism” outlines a series of proposals to help protect it. These include recommendations to policymakers on crafting impactful legislation, committing financial and institutional resources, and promoting collaboration among […]

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July 15, 2021

The Committee to Protect Journalists Awards International Press Freedom Award to the Executive Director of Democratic Voice of Burma

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has awarded their 2021 International Press Freedom Award to Burmese journalist Aye Chain Naing, who is the co-founder, chief editor, and executive director of Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB). DVB is an independent broadcast media group that began reporting in exile in 1992 and moved to Burma in 2012 to become the country’s first independent […]

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July 15, 2021

Open Internet for Democracy Initiative Article Examines Impact of Nigeria’s Twitter Ban on Its People

The Open Internet for Democracy Initiative has published a recent article by Esther Mwema on the Nigerian government’s countrywide Twitter ban. It analyzes the government’s attempt to restrict Nigerians’ freedom of expression, assembly, and access to information, as well as how the ban has unintended consequences to the country’s economy and even its citizens’ personal safety. To read Esther Mwema’s piece, […]

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June 9, 2021

South Korean Musicians Record Song to Show Solidarity with Burma Pro-democracy Activists

Shin Dae-chul, the lead guitarist of the South Korean band Sinawe, and 11 other Korean musicians have sent a message of solidarity to the pro-democracy activists in Burma with the new collaborative song “Starlight.” Shin explained that he and the other musicians dedicated this song to the pro-democracy movements in Burma because “…I could feel how many […]

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June 9, 2021

Ukrainian Activist Uses Online Tools to Educate Internally Displaced Persons About Their Right to Vote

Learn how voting rights activist Oleksandr Korenkov advocates and uses online tools to educate Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) about their newly gained right to vote in Ukraine’s local and national elections. Korenkov, an IDP himself as the result of the Russian occupation of Crimea in 2014, explained the political influence IDPs could have through their ballots, provided […]

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June 9, 2021

Yiaga Africa’s Youth Organizing School Helps Youth Become Civil Society Startups

Check out how four alumni of Yiaga Africa’s Youth Organizing School (YOS) have used the skills they learned in the program to start their own civil society organizations in Nigeria and Cameroon. In the last eight years, YOS has trained over 240 youths across seven African countries. Their program helps attendees develop leadership skills, experience in […]

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