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Here is a non-exhaustive list of threats we are monitoring. The list is based on the Monitoring matrix on the enabling environment for civil society development by the Balkan Civil Society Development Network and the results of the survey on civic space in Europe developed by CIVICUS and Civil Society Europe:

  • bourdersome/discriminating legal framework for associations
  • political interference
    • GONGO
    • mingling with the work of CSOs from the government
    • mingling with the work of CSOs from third parties
    • state agencies competing with CSOs
    • conflict of interests
    • disproportionate / arbitrary sanctions
      • fines
      • dismantlement
  • disproportionate bureaucratic burden
  • funding: amount
    • funding not matching the needs of CSOs
    • unpredictable funding
    • reduction of funding
    • restriction to funding (tax reforms affecting donations, public benefit status, tax deductions…)
  • funding: distribution criteria
    • opacity of public funding
    • special reporting or requirements for foreign funding
    • funding discriminations
  • human resources
    • equal treatment with other sectors
    • volunteering
    • civic engagement
  • smear campaigns / vilification by government
  • malpractices of civic dialogue
    • legislation or practices affecting public consultations
    • difficulty or no access to policy-makers
    • opacity of involvement in the decision-making process
    • restriction to advocacy (grant clauses, regulation of third party during electoral campaigns, shifting public funding to service provision…)
  • attacks by non state actors
  • lack of access to banking services
  • counter terrorism / counterterrorism financing / anti money laundering
  • smear campaigns / vilification by non state actors
  • lack of trust in CSOs
  • restriction of assembly
    • practices and laws that restrict the right
    • closure of public spaces
    • authorisation denied without proper explanation
    • political pressure
    • detention of protesters
    • imprisonment of protesters
  • police practices
    • heavy-handed policing
    • excessive police presence
    • surveillance of activists
    • lack of protection
  • unfair media coverage (bias coverage, impossibility to access to journalists…)
  • violence
    • violent-counter demonstration
    • harassment of protesters
    • violent protests
  • restriction to access and sharing of information of public interest
    • laws impacting transparency, business secrecy, official secrets…
    • inappropriate privacy legislation
    • lack of protection for whistleblowers / investigative journalists
  • legal, physical, verbal intimidation
    • SLAPP
    • physical attack / harassment against journalist
    • physical attack / harassment against activist
  • interference
    • censorship
    • self-censorship (or chilling effect)
    • complex / unclear media ownership
  • surveillance / privacy breach

Do you have news that we should cover?

Do you have a story worth spreading? 

Do you want to give visibility to your research?

Report To Us!

Here is a non-exhaustive list of threats we are monitoring. The list is based on the Monitoring matrix on the enabling environment for civil society development by the Balkan Civil Society Development Network and the results of the survey on civic space in Europe developed by CIVICUS and Civil Society Europe:

  • bourdersome/discriminating legal framework for associations
  • political interference
    • GONGO
    • mingling with the work of CSOs from the government
    • mingling with the work of CSOs from third parties
    • state agencies competing with CSOs
    • conflict of interests
    • disproportionate / arbitrary sanctions
      • fines
      • dismantlement
  • disproportionate bureaucratic burden
  • funding: amount
    • funding not matching the needs of CSOs
    • unpredictable funding
    • reduction of funding
    • restriction to funding (tax reforms affecting donations, public benefit status, tax deductions…)
  • funding: distribution criteria
    • opacity of public funding
    • special reporting or requirements for foreign funding
    • funding discriminations
  • human resources
    • equal treatment with other sectors
    • volunteering
    • civic engagement
  • smear campaigns / vilification by government
  • malpractices of civic dialogue
    • legislation or practices affecting public consultations
    • difficulty or no access to policy-makers
    • opacity of involvement in the decision-making process
    • restriction to advocacy (grant clauses, regulation of third party during electoral campaigns, shifting public funding to service provision…)
  • attacks by non state actors
  • lack of access to banking services
  • counter terrorism / counterterrorism financing / anti money laundering
  • smear campaigns / vilification by non state actors
  • lack of trust in CSOs
  • restriction of assembly
    • practices and laws that restrict the right
    • closure of public spaces
    • authorisation denied without proper explanation
    • political pressure
    • detention of protesters
    • imprisonment of protesters
  • police practices
    • heavy-handed policing
    • excessive police presence
    • surveillance of activists
    • lack of protection
  • unfair media coverage (bias coverage, impossibility to access to journalists…)
  • violence
    • violent-counter demonstration
    • harassment of protesters
    • violent protests
  • restriction to access and sharing of information of public interest
    • laws impacting transparency, business secrecy, official secrets…
    • inappropriate privacy legislation
    • lack of protection for whistleblowers / investigative journalists
  • legal, physical, verbal intimidation
    • SLAPP
    • physical attack / harassment against journalist
    • physical attack / harassment against activist
  • interference
    • censorship
    • self-censorship (or chilling effect)
    • complex / unclear media ownership
  • surveillance / privacy breach
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