Support initiatives and campaigns

Are you worried by emerging trends in civic space?

Dou you want to make the difference?

Support initiatives and campaigns!

We all can make the difference! Here are some ideas how:

Often state and non-state actors are able to disregard civil freedoms, fundamental rights and balance of powers because citizens are unaware and do not react. Fighting isolation, creating awareness and putting pressure on governing bodies is the first step to overturn the warning trends of civic space in Europe. Here you can find campaigns and initiatives launched by civic actors across Europe. Take part and/or share support online and offline to raise the stake of authorities’ actions and force them to be held accountable!

Trans-European petitions are a useful tool to channel concerns into targeted campaigns and amplify the voice of activists. The right to petition is recognised by national laws and article 227 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.  European, national and local authorities cannot disregard citizens’ call if it is widely supported.

Helpful resources to launch petitions are:

You can also ask the European Civic Forum and its network to initiate or join a petition by using the form below.

The members of the European Parliament are an influential channel to raise local and national concerns in the European institutions. Find the contact details of your MEP of reference!

Sadly, funds are the primary obstacle for activists and civil society organisations in their actions. When they heavily rely on governmental funds, they are more likely to be more moderate in their critics to state’s efforts. Moreover, governing bodies are increasingly including clauses to grants, reducing resources, and even obstructing access to foreign funds, thus hampering civil society’s advocacy to public authorities.

Supporting the call for fundraising of civil society organisations which campaign for themes that you consider a priority is a way to help them be independent and less vulnerable.

If you want to launch your own crowdfunding campaign, here are some tools that can be useful:

Increasingly complex bureaucratic and legal standards are a challenge particularly overwhelming for smaller, local organisations that have limited financial means for legal advice. Providing legal expertise is a valuable way to support civil society, but not the only one.

If you need support:

-Good Lobby: pro-bono expertise to civil society

-ECNL: legal analyses

-European Centre for press and media freedom: Legal support to Journalists

-Open Society Foundation Justice initiative: litigation, advocacy, research, and technical assistance

Current initiatives and campaigns

Statement by CIVICUS, published on 6 March 2021, available here. The use of violence against peaceful protesters in the United Kingdom (UK), who are protesting against the draconian police, crime, sentencing and courts bill, is a major assault on the right to peaceful assembly in the UK and indicative of ...
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                                          Unofficial translation of petition of which LDH is a signatory, authored by LGBTI + Solidarity  Campaign Poland, available here, published on 06                ...
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Open letter to the members of the Danish Parliament, published on 23 March 2020, also available on CIVICUS here. Members of the Danish Parliament Folketinget Christiansborg 1240 Copenhagen K Tel.: +45 3337 5500 E-mail: folketinget@ft.dk URGENT: Reject discriminatory "Security for all Danes” Act and respect freedom of assembly. Dear Members of the ...
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Are you worried by emerging trends in civic space?

Dou you want to make the difference?

Support Initiatives and Campaigns!

We all can make the difference! Here are some ideas how:

Often state and non-state actors are able to disregard civil freedoms, fundamental rights and balance of powers because citizens are unaware and do not react. Fighting isolation, creating awareness and putting pressure on governing bodies is the first step to overturn the warning trends of civic space in Europe. Here you can find campaigns and initiatives launched by civic actors across Europe. Take part and/or share support online and offline to raise the stake of authorities’ actions and force them to be held accountable!

Trans-European petitions are a useful tool to channel concerns into targeted campaigns and amplify the voice of activists. The right to petition is recognised by national laws and article 227 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.  European, national and local authorities cannot disregard citizens’ call if it is widely supported.

Helpful resources to launch petitions are:

You can also ask the European Civic Forum and its network to initiate or join a petition by using the form below.

The members of the European Parliament are an influential channel to raise local and national concerns in the European institutions. Find the contact details of your MEP of reference!

Sadly, funds are the primary obstacle for activists and civil society organisations in their actions. When they heavily rely on governmental funds, they are more likely to be more moderate in their critics to state’s efforts. Moreover, governing bodies are increasingly including clauses to grants, reducing resources, and even obstructing access to foreign funds, thus hampering civil society’s advocacy to public authorities.

Supporting the call for fundraising of civil society organisations which campaign for themes that you consider a priority is a way to help them be independent and less vulnerable.

If you want to launch your own crowdfunding campaign, here are some tools that can be useful:

Increasingly complex bureaucratic and legal standards are a challenge particularly overwhelming for smaller, local organisations that have limited financial means for legal advice. Providing legal expertise is a valuable way to support civil society, but not the only one.

If you need support:

-Good Lobby: pro-bono expertise to civil society

-ECNL: legal analyses

-European Centre for press and media freedom: Legal support to Journalists

-Open Society Foundation Justice initiative: litigation, advocacy, research, and technical assistance

 

Current initiatives and campaigns

Statement by CIVICUS, published on 6 March 2021, available here. The use of violence against peaceful protesters in the United Kingdom (UK), who are protesting against the draconian police, crime, sentencing and courts bill, is a major assault on the right to peaceful assembly in the UK and indicative of ...
Read More
                                          Unofficial translation of petition of which LDH is a signatory, authored by LGBTI + Solidarity  Campaign Poland, available here, published on 06                ...
Read More
Open letter to the members of the Danish Parliament, published on 23 March 2020, also available on CIVICUS here. Members of the Danish Parliament Folketinget Christiansborg 1240 Copenhagen K Tel.: +45 3337 5500 E-mail: folketinget@ft.dk URGENT: Reject discriminatory "Security for all Danes” Act and respect freedom of assembly. Dear Members of the ...
Read More