Sur 26 'Reclaiming Civic Space': Report by FGHR & Conectas highlights resistance of human rights groups during a time of increasing repression

[The Report] 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... Sur 26 is published in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

 

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19 January 2018

Sur 26: Letter to the readers

Author: International Journal on Human Rights

As shown by both the geographic reach of the contributions (authors from 16 countries) and the infographics to this edition, the issue is clearly of global concern...The edition then focuses on the strategies that activists are implementing to combat the crackdown...Conectas and The Fund aimed to address the imbalance in material currently available, the majority of which focuses on the diagnostics, rather than the responses to the crackdowns that we are witnessing...Despite the difficult scenarios in which many of the authors featured in this edition operate, the overwhelming message is not of a hopeless battle against ever powerful forces. Instead, the activists in this edition describe a vibrant civil society that is adapting to the current challenges with creativity, resilience and hope...[C]utting across traditional lines, we begin to see a force that can resist the crackdown and reclaim civic space...The contributions...provide a wealth of strategies that the activist authors are implementing in their local contexts, which might be adapted and replicated in other countries or regions....1. Root Causes of the Crackdown on Civil Society...2.Strategies the Activist Authors Use to Respond to the Crackdown... [and] 3.Sustaining the Movement and its Activists in this Context.

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18 January 2018

Sur 26 Video Article: Strategies to Resist

Author: International Journal on Human Rights

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17 January 2018

Sur 26 'Reclaiming Civic Space': Chapters

Author: International Journal on Human Rights

 Click on headings for links to Sur 26 Report Chapters.

  • Global Challenges, Local Responses
      • While recognising the interconnected nature of attacks on civic space, it remains critical to amplify local civil society voices and support local responses 
  • Standing Firm
      • Sustaining women- and trans-led organisations in the context of closing space 
  • The South in Transition
      • Towards a new ecology of the human rights movement in the context of closing civic space 

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