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September 13, 2019

Musicians Launch Song in Celebration of Democracy Day

Today, on September 15, 2019, we join democrats around the world in celebrating the International Day of Democracy under the theme “Participation!” The World Movement continues to encourage participation by facilitating dialogue that engages youth, musicians, and artists—all who stand to benefit from democracy, but are often excluded from democracy discussions. Recently, the World Movement […]

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September 10, 2019

#SetThemFree Campaign Updates

Azerbaijan Seymur Hazi On August 29, 2019, journalist Seymur Hazi was released from prison after serving five years on charges of “hooliganism.” Last year, the World Movement interviewed Hazi’s wife and father to learn more about his politically-motivated case and the harassment he has faced throughout his career. We remain gravely concerned that five years […]

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September 10, 2019

Guidebook on Alternative Funding Models: Civil Society’s Financial Sustainability in Africa

Around the globe, civil society organizations are considering how to gain more financial freedom to ensure their sustainability and better meet constituent demands. In this interest, a new guidebook published by the West Africa Civil Society Institute explores alternative funding models for civil society organizations. The guidebook incorporates input from over 20 organization in 10 […]

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September 9, 2019

Indonesian Civil Society Calls on Government to #KeepItOn after Internet Shutdown

In a recent statement, the Southeast Asia Freedom of Expression Network (SAFEnet) calls on civil society around the world to protest the Indonesian government’s decision to block internet access in its Papua and West Papua regions due to protests over discrimination against citizens of the region. “The blocking and restricting access to information violates digital […]

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September 9, 2019

Musicians in West Africa Condemn Arbitrary Arrests in the Gambia

On August 21, 2019, the Working Group of the Music as a Messenger of Democracy project strongly condemned the arbitrary arrest of Working Group member and activist Ali “Killa Ace” Cham. Cham was detained in relation to July 2019 protests he attended over the death of a market vendor who was reportedly tortured by police […]

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September 5, 2019

Working Group of the Music as a Messenger of Democracy Project Statement on the Arbitrary Arrest of Ali ‘Killa Ace’ Cham

WORKING GROUP OF THE MUSIC AS A MESSENGER OF DEMOCRACY PROJECT STATEMENT ON THE ARBITRARY ARREST OF ALI ‘KILLA ACE’ CHAM. For Immediate Release August 21, 2019   The Working Group of the Music as a Messenger of Democracy project strongly condemns the arbitrary arrests of citizens in the Republic of the Gambia especially the […]

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August 15, 2019

Localizing Preventing Violent Extremism Strategies in Lebanon

The Lebanese Center for Policy Studies (LCPS) has released a set of recommendations for preventing violent extremism (PVE) in Lebanon, which “draws on the country’s history, as well as its social and political characteristics and trends.” The research project comes in response to a government announcement that it will draft a national strategy for PVE. […]

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August 15, 2019

Debunking Disinformation in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Darko Brkan, founding president of Sarajevo-based civil society organization Zašto Ne (“Why Not”), explores the “methods, sources, motives, connections, actors, and other aspects of the disinformation landscape” in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) in a new blog. The blog analyzes the results of Zašto Ne’s online disinformation-debunking portal, which collected 2,420 media articles published by 752 […]

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August 15, 2019

Cuban Artists Look to Overcome Censorship through Exchange Program

On July 20, 2019, Puente Democratico brought together Cuban and Argentine artists to share experiences regarding government censorship of art and to brainstorm solutions for artists working in repressive environments. The Cuban artists, members of the San Isidro Group, presented the challenges that they face in exercising their fundamental rights and freedoms through art in […]

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August 12, 2019

Challenging The Narrative: Youth movements are defining what democracy looks like for young people

Hurford Youth Fellow Irene Ikomu challenges the idea that youth are apathetic by highlighting the transformative ways in which youth engage in politics outside of traditional structures. Read “Challenging The Narrative: Youth movements are defining what democracy looks like for young people” here.

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