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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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February 1, 2018

African Civil Society, Business, and Government Launch Joint Initiative

This month, the World Movement for Democracy, Center for International Private Enterprise, and U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Africa Business Center launched “Strengthening the Voice of Business to Support Democratic Governance,” a joint initiative to enhance collaborations among the private sector, civil society, and government. At the eponymous event held in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso on January 16-17, 2018, nearly […]

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February 1, 2018

Find Out Who is in the World Movement: Updated “Networking Stories” Infographic

The World Movement for Democracy is relaunching its “Networking Stories” infographic with 13 additional participant profiles. The dynamic infographic illustrates partnerships and collaborative efforts the World Movement helps foster throughout its network. Being connected through World Movement activities, World Movement participants explore opportunities for cross-regional networking and joint projects. Would you like to be highlighted […]

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January 19, 2018

Arson, Arrests, Violence: Human Rights Activists Under Attack in Russia

In a span of several weeks, human rights activists throughout the North Caucasus have been targets of violent attacks and intimidation. On January 17, 2018, the offices of Memorial Human Rights Center in Ingushetia were torched and destroyed by unidentified masked men. Memorial is one of the most prominent and effective human rights organizations in […]

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January 15, 2018

Watch Call for Applications: Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association

The Office of UN High Commission for Human Rights is seeking applications for the recently vacated position of the Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association. The Special Rapporteur undertakes fact-finding country visits; serves as the public face for the thematic mandate; tracks alleged violations of the rights to freedom […]

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January 15, 2018

Afghan Women are Speaking Out on Social Media

A new report commissioned by Internews titled Social Media in Afghanistan: Users and Engagement, highlights how women activists have taken advantage of social media platforms to increase their engagement in the public sphere. Social media is used by roughly 9% of the population who trend urban, young, and educated. Despite the relatively limited use, women have […]

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