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6 Dec 2023


New CIVICUS report finds that 118 of 198 countries & territories are experiencing severe restrictions in fundamental freedoms

"People Power Under Attack 2023", 6 December 2023

... Almost a third of the world’s population now lives in countries with closed civic space. This is the highest percentage since 2018, when CIVICUS began systematically tracking civic space conditions around the world... This year we also recorded the lowest percentage of humanity living in open countries, where civic space is both free and protected... [J]ust two per cent of the world’s population enjoys the freedom to associate, demonstrate and express dissent without significant constraints, down from almost four per cent just five years ago...

Bangladesh and Venezuela are now rated as closed and Kyrgyzstan, Senegal and Sri Lanka are downgraded to the repressed rating as conditions for civil society continue to worsen.

Europe continues to add to the list of downgraded countries, with Bosnia and Herzegovina now placed in the obstructed category and Germany moving from an open to a narrowed rating. Over the past six years, 12 European countries have seen their ratings downgraded due to deteriorating civic space conditions...