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May 6, 2022

Woorion, A Network of North Korean Defectors in South Korea, Develops New Tools for People in Exile

Woorion, an organization created by North Korean defectors to help new defectors assimilate to life in South Korea, is growing in Seoul and starting to gain international recognition. The network brings together different organizations working with defectors in the country, and now serves one third of the defector community in South Korea. Woorion aims to […]

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May 6, 2022

UN Special Rapporteur Releases New Newsletter on Freedom of Assembly and of Association

UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association, Clement Voule, has launched a newsletter titled The FoAA Chronicle. The newsletter aims to cover the most current advances and challenges to the rights of assembly and association around the world as well as toolkits and guidance for those working to […]

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May 6, 2022

Democracy Activists in Asia Call for a Peaceful Resolution to the Economic Crisis in Sri Lanka

The Asia Democracy Network and its partner organizations in Asia have called for a stop to the excessive use of violence aimed at protesters, and a peaceful and just resolution to the economic crisis unfolding in Sri Lanka. The statement demands accountability for the Rajapaksha Government and a solution that takes into account the voices […]

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May 6, 2022

Ugandan LGBTI+ Activist Frank Mugisha Named Civil Rights Defender of the Year

The Stockholm-based human rights organization Civil Rights Defenders has named activist Frank Mugisha one of two Civil Rights Defenders of the Year. In Uganda, where homosexuality is outlawed, Mugisha is Executive Director of SMUG, a Ugandan organization that provides protection, medical, and economic support for those in the LGBTI+ community. Despite facing much personal risk […]

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May 6, 2022

José Ramos-Horta, Former World Movement Steering Committee Chair, Elected President of Timor-Leste

The World Movement would like to congratulate José Ramos-Horta on his recent election to President of Timor-Leste. Ramos-Horta was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his leadership in the East Timorese independence movement in 1996 and has previously served as president of Timor-Leste from 2007 to 2012. He chaired the World Movement Steering Committee from […]

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April 18, 2022

Center for Policy Alternatives Releases Report on Threats to Human Rights and Democracy in Sri Lanka

By bringing together civil society, media organizations, and human rights defenders, the Center for Policy Alternatives in Sri Lanka recently launched a framework to reinforce freedom of the press and access to information in Sri Lanka. The framework outlined in a report titled Human Rights and Democracy, Threats to Journalists, HR Defenders and Civil Society […]

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April 18, 2022

Voces Del Sur Calls for International Organizations to Better Advocate for Freedom of the Press in Latin America Amidst Rising Violence Against Journalists in the Region

Voces Del Sur, a regional network of civil society organizations defending freedom of expression and the press, has released a statement calling for the international community to address the rise in violence against journalists in the Latin America region. With 14 signatory organizations from the region, their statement describes the stifling of press freedom that […]

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April 18, 2022

Yiaga Africa Establishes Public Deliberation Forums for Local Governments

In response to a decline in Nigerian citizens’ trust in government, Yiaga Africa is establishing People’s Assemblies as a tool to close the gap between citizens and local elected officials. People’s Assemblies are a deliberative democracy tool that allow for greater participation in policymaking at the local level. Within each local government area, interest groups […]

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April 4, 2022

Share Your Story at the 11th Global Assembly Through the Untold Stories Video Project

At the World Movement for Democracy’s 11th Global Assembly in Taiwan this October, the World Movement will premiere its Untold Stories video project. World Movement partners around the world have made significant progress toward advancing democracy and defending freedoms. Yet, such successes are not often shared and told widely. The project seeks to discover and […]

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April 4, 2022

Open Internet Leader from Ghana Describes Authoritarians Stifling Free Speech on Social Media

Gideon Sarpong, an Open Internet for Democracy leader and media practitioner from Ghana, recently published an article outlining a pattern of authoritarian leaders pressuring social media platforms to censor information. He reveals how these platforms have been complying with their demands. As more people rely on social media for news, censorship on these platforms has […]

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