The Fund for Global Human Rights has collaborated with Conectas to produce Sur 26: Reclaiming Civic Space, the 26th edition of Sur – International Journal on Human Rights. This is a special edition of the journal, authored by activists for activists. It documents the resistance of human rights groups during a time of increasing repression and restrictions on civil society, and offers key insights on the strategies frontline activists are using to reclaim civic space.
As activism becomes increasingly under threat, how are development actors and funders experiencing the space for civil society? How are they adapting? This joint paper explores these questions.
Dozens of governments are adopting means to limit the activities of NGOs and impede their access to foreign funds. Beijing, for example, just passed a law that restricts the activities of foreign NGOs and subjects them to police investigation. Unfortunately, the Chinese communist party is just one of many governments to do so. Indeed, this law is part of a robust, international trend of similar legislation implemented by politicians that fear the interference of foreigners as well as civil society’s unprecedented capacity to mobilize — which is due in part to new technologies.
“Challenging the Closing Space for Civil Society – A Practical Starting Point for Funders” is a resource produced by Ariadne, the European Foundation Centre, and the International Human Rights Funders Group for funders on responding to the closing space phenomenon. This resource is drawn from a document written by our Poonam Joshi, Director of the […]
Over the course of our first ten years, the Fund for Global Human Rights had a profound impact on a broad range of issues, across eighteen different countries, at hundreds of organizations and for countless people around the world. In recognition of the remarkable progress we’ve achieved after ten years, we are proud to share […]