The Communal State: Increasing restrictions to civil society rights and individual liberties

 A legal and regulatory framework for civil society Background Since 2002, different steps have been documented that have been taken by the Venezuelan government to impose restrictions on civil society rights.  In that year, for the first time, the Inter-American Human Rights...
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Russian civil society is holding out

Background: changing regimes and foundations for civil liberties Civil society: these words still sound strange in Russia. Notions of personal freedom and the rule of law that have shaped the notion of civil society are not found in the strong Byzantine tradition prevailing...
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Civil society and protest in South Africa: A view from 2012

Introduction On 16 August 2012, the South African Police Services (SAPS) shot and killed 34 striking mineworkers at Marikana, near Rustenburg. The world watched in horror as images of the police shooting semi-automatic live rounds at the strikers were broadcast across...
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