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July 23, 2020

New Global Monitor Tracks Impacts of COVID-19

International IDEA launched a new COVID-19 Global Monitor this month as a “one-stop shop” to help track the impacts of COVID-19 response measures on democracy and human rights in 162 countries included in their Global State of Democracy Indices. To use International Idea’s COVID-19 Global Monitor, click here.

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July 23, 2020

ReAcción Wins Legal and Legislative Victories for Transparency in Paraguay

ReAcción, along with several allied civil society organizations, have won their lawsuit against Paraguay’s Comptroller General, forcing him to release documents showing how government officials have spent COVID-19 emergency funds. This comes on the heels of their recent victory with Paraguay’s Supreme Court, which ruled in favor of publishing sworn declarations of public assets by […]

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July 23, 2020

Reporters Without Borders Petition Supporting Maria Ressa

Please consider signing the Reporters Without Borders petition in support of Maria Ressa, asking the Philippine government to drop all charges against her as well as her colleague, Reynaldo Santos Jr, and their news site Rappler. On June 15, Maria Ressa, CEO and executive editor of the Philippine news site, Rappler, and fellow journalist Reynaldo […]

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July 23, 2020

Essay on Combating State Sponsored Disinformation

The World Movement is happy to share an essay by Hurford Youth Fellow Annouchka Wijesinghe, titled “Emphasizing the Importance of the Right to Information in the Fight Against Disinformation”, which examines how disinformation campaigns are harmful to democracy, and the ways that laws protecting the right to information can fight this threat. Ms. Wijesighe encourages […]

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July 23, 2020

Court Ruling Against Internet Restrictions

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Community Court of Justice has ruled that the government of Togo’s Internet shutdowns of 2017 were a violation of their plaintiffs’ right to freedom of expression. The plaintiffs include seven NGOs and one journalist, that were represented by Media Defense and Amnesty International. In September of 2017, the […]

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July 23, 2020

Leveraging Lessons from Combating Ebola in Liberia for COVID-19 Efforts

Naymote Partners for Democratic Development’s new report summarizes the results of their Community Action Platform Against COVID-19 project, which mobilized Liberian communities and connected them with 45 local organizations to help educate and provide resources to combat COVID-19. The project leveraged methods and lessons learned from their Ebola outreach experience, including the importance of collaborating […]

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July 23, 2020

“Civic Tornados” Video Series on Civil Society Collaborations During COVID

REDLAD and the World Movement for Democracy have begun an online video series called “Civic Tornados” that discusses the challenges of maintaining civic space and defending the freedoms of civil society during the COVID pandemic. Discussions will include topics such as approaches to citizen action during lockdown, and the consequences of restrictive government responses to […]

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July 23, 2020

Toolkit for Advocacy in Restricted Spaces

The Lifeline Embattled CSO Assistance Fund, a consortium of 7 international NGOs, has released their new “Advocacy in Restricted Spaces” toolkit as a resource for CSOs that need help navigating restricted civic spaces. Particularly relevant during COVID-19, the toolkit includes: • A step-by-step guide for advocacy planning that stresses risk mitigation and intersectionality • 10 […]

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June 25, 2020

A Call to Defend Democracy Signed By Over 500 Supporters

The COVID-19 crisis threatens democracy, leading world figures warn More than 500 political, civil leaders, Nobel Laureates and pro-democracy institutions have signed an open letter to defend democracy, warning that the freedoms we cherish are under threat from governments that are using the crisis to tighten their grip on power. The coronavirus pandemic poses serious […]

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June 17, 2020

NED Issues Statement on Racism and Democracy

In response to recent events and demonstrations in the US, the National Endowment for Democracy released a statement addressing racism and democracy on June 5, 2020. “The struggle for justice is continuous, and it is our hope that the outrage unleashed by the killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and others on too […]

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