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April 20, 2018

Violence Against Protesters in Nicaragua

During the past week, youth and students in Nicaragua organized peaceful protests across the country in response to reforms to the Social Security System. The government of Daniel Ortega responded with disproportionate violence, intimidation, and repression, which was carried out by antiriot police and pro-government supporters. Three people have died, and dozens of students and […]

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March 29, 2018

Joint Civil Society Letter to Ethiopian Prime Minister-designate

Joint civil society letter to Ethiopian Prime Minister-designate on recent arrests of journalists and human rights defenders.   Prime Minister-Designate, Dr. Abiy Ahmed Ali Cc: Abadula Gemeda, Speaker of the House of Peoples’ Representative 29 March 2018 Your Excellencies, The undersigned international, regional and national human rights and development organisations write to express […]

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March 23, 2018

The Civic Space Initiative Welcomes Mr. Nyaletsossi Clément Voule

The Civic Space Initiative welcomes Mr. Nyaletsossi Clément Voule as the new UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of assembly and association, and congratulates him on his appointment. The Civic Space Initiative (CSI) is a collaborative project of ARTICLE 19, CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, the European Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ECNL), […]

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March 23, 2018

Press Release: Ninth Global Assembly

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 23, 2018 Contact: Jane Riley Jacobsen, jane@ned.org +1 (202) 378-9604 Defending Democracy: Ninth Global Assembly Addresses Growing Threats to Democracy in Dakar, Senegal in May WASHINGTON, DC – Building Strategic Partnerships for Democratic Renewal is the theme of the Ninth Global Assembly of the World Movement for Democracy, which will take […]

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March 8, 2018

Happy International Women’s Day!

This year, International Women’s Day marks a pivotal time for women’s rights movements that have captivated the international community and spurred action around the globe. From Ghana, to Pakistan, to Argentina, social media movements mobilized women to combat sexual harassment, speak out about violence against women, and run for political office in historic numbers. The #MeToo […]

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February 1, 2018

Call for Applications: Hurford Youth Fellowship Program

The Hurford Youth Fellowship Program, facilitated by the World Movement for Democracy, seeks emerging civil society leaders from around the world who are committed to defending and promoting universal democratic principles. Through the Hurford program, two young activists will spend four months at the World Movement Secretariat office in Washington, D.C., where they will expand […]

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February 1, 2018

Set Them Free Campaign Updates:

Ethiopia: The World Movement is thrilled to learn that Dr. Merera Gudina was released on January 17, after serving more than year in pre-trial detention. Dr. Gudina, a scholar and chairman of the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), was arrested and accused of violating Ethiopia’s 10-month state of emergency. He was released along with 527 others as part of a larger government amnesty […]

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February 1, 2018

Set Them Free Campaign Update

Bahrain: On January 30, a Bahraini criminal court sentenced 58 political activists charged with terrorism by the government. Nineteen received life sentences while 37 others received sentences ranging from 5-15 years. Two activists received death sentences, joining 19 others prisoners on death row – the largest number since courts were established in 1923. In addition to the harsh sentences, 47 […]

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