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.
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.
Soros Foundation to shut its office in ‘repressive’ Hungary
Why Countries Should Welcome, Not Fear, Foreign Funding of NGOs
Examining Civil Society Legitimacy, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace