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Newest Debate: Closing space for civil society?

Civil society organizations (CSOs) worldwide are under significant pressure as restrictions on foreign funding, barriers to registration, intervention in CSOs’ internal affairs, and other forms of harassment have proliferated. The debate will examine the evidence and experience of closing space in different contexts and sectors and identify the innovative responses. Read on...


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Old dogs and new tricks: rethinking human rights business models

In this climate of closing space, we have an imperative to rethink the business models for protecting human rights. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on closing space for civil society.

Using budget analysis to confront governments: what practitioners need to know

Millions of dollars that could address socio-economic disparities are lost through illicit financial flows, but budget analysis could help. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on economic and social rights.

For Amnesty’s India office, raising local funds is all about membership

Amnesty International’s India hub focuses most of its fundraising efforts on domestic contributions, facing challenges as diverse as the weather to brand recognition. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate, Funding for Human Rights. Español

Statelessness as forced displacement

When we think of forced displacement, we don’t usually think about the stateless. But we should. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on the future of refugee protection.

How to get inequality on the global policy agenda

The Panama Papers give NGOs a prime opportunity to talk about inequality. But how they do it matters. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on economic inequality and human rights.

Violent groups aggravate government crackdowns on civil society

Armed non-state actors, criminal elements and violent extremists—not just governments—are responsible for the increasing crackdown on civil society. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on closing space for civil society. Français

What drives the crackdown on NGOs, and how can it be stopped?

Foreign aid is always political, and elevates the risk of a government crackdown on NGOs. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on closing space for civil society. Español

In for the long haul: a creative fight for space in Kenya

What started as a “one time” reform exercise has turned into a long-term battle for Kenyan civil society. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on closing space for civil society. Français

In the name of security: when silencing active citizens creates even greater problems

Silencing activists in the name of security can stifle actors most likely to challenge extremist ideologies, making insecurity worse. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on closing space for civil society. Español

Foreign funding restrictions: far more than just “an illegitimate excuse”

Those that justify restrictions on foreign funding for civil society have strong normative arguments that cannot be dismissed lightly. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on closing space for civil society. Français, EspañolDuetsche, العربية

Civil society in the post-Soviet space: fighting for the “End of History”

“Partly free” countries in the post-Soviet space must fight even harder now to protect growing civil societies. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on closing space for civil society. Ру́сский

Reclaiming space through UN-supported litigation

Working together, the UN and civil society are using innovative legal action to protect fundamental human rights and re-open lost civic spaces. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on closing space. Español

Are we being innovative in protecting civic space?

Taking lessons from history’s best dissenters, civil society is finding new ways to make cracks in shrinking spaces. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on closing space for civil society. Español

Missing: an international response to the rising tide of impunity

Civil society organisations are targeted because political elites know they have power. But where is the international backup? A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on closing space for civil society. Español

Introducing openGlobalRights’ newest debate: ‘closing space for civil society’ – analyzing the drivers and responses

Civil society organizations (CSOs) worldwide are under significant pressure. Questions abound about whether current trends indicate a permanent setback for civil society, or rather are indicative of shifts in the way that civil society operates. openGlobalRights launches a new, multilingual debate on 'closing space for civil society'.

Everyone does better when everyone does better

For long-term social and economic stability, investments into increased economic equality are essential for everyone’s prosperity. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on economic inequality and human rights.

Mexicans expect far more from the Pope than we will ever get

The Pope’s first official visit to Mexico was all talk and no action, but it was exactly what many Mexicans expected.  A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on religion and human rightsEspañol 

Is a reformed Refugee Convention a solution?

The Refugee Convention was designed for an earlier era, but there seems little will to update its provisions to meet today’s reality. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on refugee protection. Türkçe

Activists in an international system: pushing for change in Sri Lanka

Local and international activists have been crucial in getting a UN response in Sri Lanka. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate, Human rights: mass or elite movement?

Burden-sharing: Utopian dream or principled pragmatism?

Global burden-sharing schemes won’t solve the refugee crisis – experience shows tailored, regional arrangements grounded in principled pragmatism are the best way forward. A contribution to openGlobalRights’ debate on refugee protection. Français

Human rights at a crossroads: 18 months after Ayotzinapa

Eighteen months after Ayotzinapa, Mexican civil society has pulled together in new and promising ways to challenge the state. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate, Human Rights: mass or elite movement? Español

Choosing a new UN Secretary-General who will champion human rights

A new UN Secretary-General must champion human rights – and that means a more transparent, inclusive and merit-based selection process. EspañolFrançais