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About Mandeep Tiwana

Mandeep Tiwana is the Head of Policy and Research at CIVICUS. He specialises in legislation affecting the core civil society freedoms of expression, association and assembly.

Mandeep Tiwana es el director de Política e Investigación de CIVICUS. Se especializa en las leyes que afectan las libertades de expresión, asociación y reunión, libertades fundamentales para la sociedad civil. 

Mandeep Tiwana é coordenador da área de política e pesquisa da CIVICUS. Mandeep  é especialista em legislação relacionada a liberdades fundamentais da sociedade civil como liberdade de expressão, associação e reunião. 

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Agenda 2030 marred by MDG mindsets on steroids

Business as usual is bad news for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, arguably the greatest human endeavour ever attempted to create just, equal and sustainable societies.

Backsliding on civic space in democracies

An open civic space is a key ingredient of a successful and rights respecting democracy. Sadly, there’s a gaping hole between principle and practice. Español  

Retroceso global del espacio cívico en las democracias

En todo el mundo, el espacio cívico - un ingrediente clave para una democracia exitosa y respetuosa con los derechos - está amenazado. English

Rumo a uma sociedade civil multipolar‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Com um mundo mais multipolar do que nunca, por que o poder da sociedade civil ainda está desproporcionalmente situado no Norte Global? Uma contribuição ao debate da openGlobalRights, Internacionalização das ONGs de direitos humanos. English, Español.

Hacia una sociedad civil multipolar

Ahora que el mundo es mucho más multipolar que antes, ¿por qué el poder de la sociedad civil aún reside desproporcionadamente en el Norte global? Una contribución al debate de openGlobalRights sobre la internacionalización de las organizaciones de derechos humanos. English, Português

Towards a multipolar civil society

With the world more multipolar than ever, why is civil society power still disproportionately located in the global North? A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on Internationalizing human rights organizations. Español, Português

Egypt: time to end the diplomatic farce

Many Egyptians are smarting from the betrayal of their revolution while the military-backed regime tightens its grip. The international community can no longer ignore this.

Can emerging powers break out of narrow strategic imperatives and reboot the global human rights narrative?

The ability of India, Brazil and South Africa to emerge as moral voices from the south to reclaim the human rights narrative is not in doubt, but their willingness to take the global centre-stage is certainly in question. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on Emerging Powers and Human Rights.

Privatisation of governance: a multi-stakeholder slippery slope

A tight overlap between economic and political elites creates a massive push to shrink the public sector to accommodate private interests. This amounts to an abdication of state responsibility and a betrayal of the social contract between citizens and the state.

India and South Africa risk forsaking their proud histories on human rights

India and South Africa are increasingly tarnishing their reputations as democratic and rights respecting nations. Most recently by unsuccessfully seeking to undermine a resolution on the right to peaceful protest at the UN Human Rights Council.  

Civil society under threat: could international law help?

In the name of ‘traditional values’ and raisons d’état, authoritarian governments and dictators around the world are targeting the civil-society organisations who animate the public square. Democratic states and the UN must stand up for international legal standards.

BRICS summit: headway on Syria but can we also discuss corporate accountability and civil society participation

The fith BRICS summit held in Durban, South Africa in late March was largely a government – business show with scant involvement of civil society. But a positive step has been taken by the BRICS statement on humanitarian assistance to the people of Syria.

Shaping the post 2015 development agenda - don't forget the Millennium Declaration and the UN Declaration on Human Rights

Critics fear that the renewed UN Millennium Development Goals starting in 2015 will fail to include democracy and human rights. But maybe the UN Declaration on Human Rights is still useful.

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