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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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How international rules on countering the financing of terrorism impact civil society

CFT vs. CSO?[1] The Arab uprisings galvanised ‘pro-democracy’ governments in the West into a reaffirmation of their commitment to supporting civil society organisations (CSOs) working under repressive and authoritarian regimes. A Strategic Dialogue with Civil Society was launched...
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The state of the internet in 2012/13′ from a civil society perspective

Summary As more people gain access to the internet, its diversity, reach and value increases. Therefore it follows that a central concern of civil society everywhere must be how affordable, inclusive and free the internet is.[1] Individuals, institutions and organisations all...
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Resistance and Solidarity: Cambodian CSOs confront a repressive draft law on associations and NGOs

At the end of December 2011, in a surprise move, Cambodia’s Prime Minister, Hun Sen, agreed to delay by two years the adoption of a controversial proposed law governing the activities of civil society and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).  Cambodian civil society...
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The Legal and Regulatory Framework for Civil Society: Global Trends in 2012

The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) has worked on the legal framework for civil society in over 100 countries. In this contribution to the CIVICUS State of Civil Society Report, we examine three global trends that ICNL observed in 2012: 1) barriers to foreign...
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