Strengthening Civil SocietyChief among the challenges facing the human rights community are assaults on the freedoms of association, assembly, and expression by governments and non-state actors. This crackdown – which takes the form of legal restrictions, administrative burdens, and public smear campaigns – threatens the viability of civil society organizations that are vital to holding governments accountable and advancing human rights. Known as “closing space around civil society,” this phenomenon has become a global contagion. HRI has built an innovative global consortium, involving 25 scholars and practitioners from around the world, to conduct research and identify specific remedies to address the threat of closing space. The consortium’s ultimate goal is to produce concrete ideas for enhancing the resilience and sustainability of civil society.
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