Is civic space really shrinking, and if so who’s to blame?

Vilified as alien wolves in local sheep’s clothing, human rights NGOs and independent media groups have been cut off from their outside funders and tyrannized in country after country from Armenia to Zimbabwe. Along with others, OpenDemocracy has regularly drawn attention to this trend, with disturbing reportage from Central Africa to Central Asia and from Eastern Europe to East Asia. This is the…

PRESS RELEASE AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL – Global assault on NGOs

Laws designed to silence_final_web versionGovernments across the world are increasingly attacking non-governmental organizations (NGOs) by creating laws that subject them and their staff to surveillance, nightmarish bureaucratic hurdles and the ever-present threat of imprisonment, Amnesty International said in a new report released today. Laws Designed to Silence: The Global Crackdown on Civil Society Organizations reveals…