Lawmakers in historically strong democracies are proposing and passing legislation that adds new layers of red tape, restricts access to foreign financial support, and makes it harder and riskier to engage in peaceful protests. Read my piece in The Conversation about this spreading trend.
More and more laws imposing new restrictions on civil society organizations are appearing in historically strong democratic states.
Civil Society & The Foundations of Democratic Citizenship Civil society can act directly to solve critical problems, but its indirect effect might be just as important: allowing individuals to participate, collaborate, and—in the process—develop into citizens capable of upholding democracy.
For democracies to thrive, a vibrant and actively engaged citizenry and civil society are essential. Civil society can monitor and hold the state to account, it can infuse a greater diversity of voices into the policy process, and it can act as a force for democratic reform or provide resistance to democratic backsliding.
George Soros Bet Big on Liberal Democracy. Now He Fears He Is Losing.
A proposed Tunisian law to more tightly regulate nongovernmental organizations has prompted Congress to issue a rare rebuke against the Arab world’s newest democracy.
Poland’s New Surveillance Law Targets Personal Data of Environmental Advocates, Threatening U.N. Climate Talks
A group of experts advising the Council of Europe called on Hungary on Friday to repeal its so-called “Stop Soros” law, which threatens to incarcerate people helping refugees.
Hungary: Draconian anti-NGO law will be resisted every step of the way
In a case that’s been dragging on for more than two years, Moscow’s Justice Ministry has said its law against so-called “foreign agent” law on non-profits operating in Russia are no harsher than those in other countries, while Russian non-profits seek to overturn the legislation.