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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Freedom of Expression vs. Hate Speech: A European Youth Campaign

‘Hate speech’ is an irreducibly complex and contested idea, weighted against competing rights in different ways in different legal traditions and jurisdictions; dependent on different understandings of speech and its potential consequences; framed by varying and conflicting...
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Silencing Voices and Dissent in Canada

Summary In the past six years, civil society in Canada has witnessed a broad and deep decline in the space afforded to organisations working on the progressive side of the policy agenda. Since 2010, Voices-Voix, a Canadian civil society organisation (CSO) coalition has been...
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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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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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Empowering workers by realising trade union rights

Introduction Trade unions are membership-based civil society organisations (CSOs) that aim to defend the occupational interests of workers and to address economic and social policy questions of direct concern to workers. The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) is a...
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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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