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October 19, 2020

Freedom House Report on COVID Impacts

Freedom House published a new report “Democracy Under Lockdown” that analyses the impact COVID-19 has had on democratic institutions from January to August 2020. They surveyed 398 journalists, civil society workers, activists, and other experts, and conducted research in 192 countries to provide extensive research on the condition of democracy around the world. To read the full […]

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October 19, 2020

Human Rights Groups Express Opposition to Cuba Joining the Human Rights Council

Cultura Democrática joined 85 Cuban and international human rights organizations to express their concerns over Cuba being re-admitted as a member of the UN Human Rights Council for a fifth term. This joint statement disapproves of the UNHRC’s October 13 decision to allow Cuba to sit on the HRC for fear that Cuba will continue to undermine international […]

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October 19, 2020

Join UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Assembly in a Discussion of Women’s Right to Assemble

Are women and girls able to enjoy their rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and association? In his new report, UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and association Clement Voule answers this question and celebrates the role women and girls have played in advancing human rights and social change. To […]

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October 19, 2020

Stanford Univ Draper Hill Summer Program Accepting Applications

Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law is calling for applications to its Draper Hills Summer Program! This three-week program provides networking opportunities for mid-career practitioners in law, politics, government, private enterprise, civil society, and international development from all regions of the world. Applications are due by January 21, 2021. To learn more about […]

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October 19, 2020

Join Us for World Youth Day for Democracy 2020 Activities!

We hope you’re gearing up to celebrate World Youth Day for Democracy this year! As part of the celebrations happening Friday, October 16 through Sunday, October 18, we’ve launched the Youth Voices video series, which is a collection of videos directed and filmed by youth participants in the World Movement. Young people are often at the forefront of democracy […]

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October 19, 2020

“Reset: Reclaiming the Internet for Civil Society” Book by Ron Deibert

Ron Deibert, Director of CitizenLab, has published a new book that analyzes the internet’s detrimental influence on civil society, and what can be done to combat this evolving threat. “Reset: Reclaiming the Internet for Civil Society” is available for purchase here.

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October 19, 2020

Yiaga Africa Works to Improve the “Not Too Young To Run” Law

Yiaga Africa reports that the Not Too Young To Run Movement will have the opportunity to redress Nigeria’s age reduction law as the National Assembly begins its constitutional amendment process. Although the final “Not Too Young To Run” law did lower the age restrictions for many government offices, it did not include reduced age limits for senatorial and […]

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October 19, 2020

New Report Advocates for Inclusive Security in Restricted Civic Spaces in Africa

Oxfam International and the African Security Sector Network published a new report that analyzes successful approaches used by African civil society organizations that have helped them navigate restricted civic spaces, focusing on six countries: Burundi, Central African Republic, Ethiopia, Niger, Somalia/Somaliland, and South Sudan. The report also addresses the new obstacles that African CSO’s face as the […]

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October 19, 2020

Accountability Lab’s OpenGov Youth Digital Summit

The Accountability Lab is calling for young civil society activists with ideas about inclusive and transparent COVID-19 responses to join their virtual OpenGov Youth Digital Summit. This year’s “Ensuring an Accountable and Inclusive Response and Recovery from the Covid-19 Pandemic with Young People” event will allow youth leaders to discuss applicable approaches to ensuring open governance during […]

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October 19, 2020

Grave Concerns for the Safety of Dismas Kitenge, Congolese Human Rights Defender

The World Movement joins Voix des Sans Voix (VSV) in expressing our grave concerns for the safety of prominent Congolese human rights defender Dismas Kitenge after learning that he and his family have been the subjects of threats and other harassment in a series of anonymous phone calls. The threats to Mr. Kitenge began the day after he attended a […]

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