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August 3, 2022

Youth Spotlight: Marr Nyang, The Gambia

Marr Nyang, a 2021 Hurford Youth Fellow and Executive Director for Gambia Participates, hosted a meeting on May 18 with young civil society leaders to discuss tactics to strengthen the democratic future of The Gambia. Marr and his peers identified socio-economic inequalities and lack of political will as current threats to democracy in their country. […]

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August 3, 2022

Citizen Lab Finds That Pegasus Spyware was Used to Target Thai Pro-Democracy Movement

A pro-democracy movement in Thailand has been steadily growing over the past several years. As the movement has grown, the Thai government has increased surveillance of those involved in pro-democracy activities. In November 2021, digital rights groups Citizen Lab, iLaw, and DigitalReach began investigating reports of surveillance and identified at least 30 civil society leaders […]

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August 3, 2022

A Former Government Official of Iran Convicted for Role in the 1988 Massacre of Political Prisoners

The Abdorraham Boroumand Center for Human Rights in Iran welcomes the Swedish court’s recent decision over former Iranian official, Hamid Nouri, who was convicted for war crimes and murder related to the 1988 massacre of political prisoners in Iran. From July to November 1988, thousands of political prisoners across Iran were brought before Death Committees […]

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August 3, 2022

Civil Society Expresses Human Rights Concerns over the EU’s New Energy Deal with Azerbaijan

As the European Union (EU) works to reduce its reliance on Russian oil, they have turned to Azerbaijan for fossil fuels. In July, the European Commission and Azerbaijan recently signed an agreement doubling the amount of Azerbaijan’s natural gas exports to the EU by 2027. The Election Monitoring and Democracy Studies Center (EMDS) reports that […]

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July 27, 2022

Lebanese Center for Policy Studies Podcast Discusses the Alienation of Youth in Lebanon

The decline of Lebanon’s economy over the past couple of years has put the country’s youth in a vulnerable position. The Lebanese Center for Policy Studies (LCPS) discusses the challenges youth face in a podcast interview with LCPS research fellow Fadi Nicholas Nassar. Nassar’s research shows that while Lebanese youth actively participated in election campaigns […]

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July 27, 2022

German NGO Examines Challenges and Opportunities Digitalization Brings to Civic Space

German NGO Brot für die Welt has released a report analyzing both the opportunities and the challenges that increased digitalization poses to civic space. Exploring case studies in Mexico, Indonesia, Tanzania, and Ukraine, the report finds that while digital tools enable CSOs to organize and fight state repression more efficiently, they allow governments a greater […]

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July 27, 2022

Egypt Enacts Travel Bans to Silence Critical Voices

A new report published by The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy and The Freedom Initiative discusses the use of travel bans as a tool to repress the voices of those critical of the Egyptian government. Travel bans arbitrarily bar citizens from leaving the country, and have no laws governing their use, leaving those affected […]

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July 27, 2022

Sierra Leone Shows Positive Trends in Press Freedom

As trends point to a global decline in press freedom, the International Journalists Network (IJNet) reports that Sierra Leone is moving in the opposite direction. Over 20 years after emerging from civil war, the West African country is adopting reforms outlined in the post war Truth and Reconciliation Commission in order to comply with international […]

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July 27, 2022

Youth Spotlight: Overcoming Barriers for Women in Politics – Patricia Zanella

Patricia Zanella, a 2021 Hurford Youth Fellow from Brazil, is a women’s rights advocate who has worked to promote reproductive justice and social justice in Latin America. At the age of 22, Patricia ran for congress in Brazil and experienced firsthand the barriers that women face in running for and holding positions of leadership. As […]

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July 27, 2022

CIPE Creates Framework for Constructive Capital to Create More Equitable, Inclusive, and Sustainable Economies

As governments face challenges caused by the multiple crises in public health and economic stability, the urgency for policies encouraging constructive capital has increased. In response to these current challenges, the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), in partnership with the Oxford Analytica Foundation, has created a framework to encourage policies that enable constructive capital […]

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