Food For Thoughts

The European Civic Forum is aware that policies and legislative measures are only one tool that state and non-state actors have at their disposal to hinder the actions of civil society. The first obstacle they face is isolation and delegitimation, which allows governments to openly attack activists without facing citizens’ opposition

According to a research requested by the European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Human Rights,

“The burden of argumentation has now switched around to fall on civil society’s shoulders. Civic groups are faced with the need to explain why they should have the right to exist unhindered and receive support from the outside. This is a major inversion of the whole civic climate that goes well beyond the individual NGO laws that have been introduced – and the significance of this inversion has still not been fully seized. It means inter alia that effective responses will need to rework a whole narrative about the merits and rights of civil society.”

This section of the European Civic Space Watch aims at collecting positive stories and new, constructive narratives on the role of civil society in ensuring the well-functioning of democracy and defending citizens’ interests in national and supranational policymaking. It also includes analysis of the crisis of values that is at the core of shrinking civic space in Europe.

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In collaboration with the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism, ECNL has drafted a summary of her 2019 General Assembly report (A/74/335). Find out in the briefer how the increasing amount of soft law in this field becomes hard law, ...
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Following our 2019 special report on anti-rights groups and civil society responses, Civicus has been interviewing civil society activists and leaders about their experiences of backlash from anti-rights groups and their strategies to strengthen progressive narratives and civil society responses. CIVICUS speaks about civil society protests against the World Congress of ...
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Publication by Civicus - January 2020, accessible here. Civil society is often at the forefront of tackling inequality and exclusion around the world. Yet these external activities are not always reflected in the internal operations of civil society organisations (CSOs). While there is broad recognition of the significant value that ...
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Read the article published by Balkan Insight, 2 January 2020, HERE. Balkan Insight proposes a review of the most important protests that took place in the Balkans in 2019. The issues people protested in public against ranged from corruption to authoritarianism, lack of women’s right and inaction on the environment ...
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Article by  Council of Europe - 22 January 2020, accessible here. The Conference of INGOs is celebrating World NGO Day with the holding of a seminar in Brussels on 28 February entitled “From the Past to the Future : A Living Civic Space for a Living Democracy”. The emergence of ...
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This article was originally published on the Resource Centre on Media Freedom in Europe - 19 December 2019, accessible here. 1. The definition 1.1. Like the pebble thrown in the water “A large company sues an environmental activist who has exposed a pollution scandal, hoping that the lawsuit will scare ...
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(Article by Human Rights Center - 12 December 2019, accessible HERE) Authors: Egert Rünne and Kari Käsper In 2018-2019, there has been slow progress in several areas towards better protection of human rights. The Chancellor of Justice has received an important role as National Human Rights Institution and as a ...
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This article was originally published on ECNL website - 23 January 2020, accessible here. Civil society’s right to privacy has been under attack  CSOs’ right to privacy has been facing increasing attacks over the past years. We have witnessed new rules proposed and/or enacted in the name of transparency, protection ...
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Justice and Peace is an organization based in The Hague that aims to empower local change makers by providing shelter, training courses, network opportunities, and capacity building. We are currently conducting a research on the needs of NGOs based in Central and Eastern European states. The aim of the research ...
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