CIVICUS Releases Compendium of Countries’ Commitments to Civil Society Rights

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By mraadmin February 20, 2014 08:09 Updated

CIVICUS Releases Compendium of Countries’ Commitments to Civil Society Rights

The Global Civil Society Alliance (CIVICUS) last month, released a revised version of what is probably the World’s most comprehensive compilation of commitments made by governments on Civil Society Rights.

Mr. Mandeep Tiwana, Head Policy and Research CIVICUS

Mr. Mandeep Tiwana, Head Policy and Research CIVICUS

Mr. Mandeep Tiwana, head of policy and research at CIVICUS noted that: “The compendium is the result of years of painstaking research on public documents that promise respect for civil society freedoms and is an invaluable tool for citizens and organizations around the world. It is arguably the most comprehensive document of its kind in the world.” He noted further that the compendium provides a key reference point for advocacy actions to counter restrictions on Civil Society activities and its release comes at a critical time when a number of governments have reneged on their commitments to civil society by drafting and implementing restrictive legislation. “From Kiev to Cairo and from Abuja to Kuala Lumpur, Civil Society groups are facing an increasing onslaught”, he said.

The compendium, initially released in 2008 but now fully updated, consolidate various international standards and commitments made by governments at the regional and global levels to protect civil society and ensure participation in public processes.

“It is believed that the comprehensive and accessible document will aid in the practical realization of core Civil Society Freedoms of expression, association and peaceful assembly, which are protected by a vast body of International Law and Inter-Governmental commitments.

CIVICUS was founded in 1993 and is dedicated to strengthening citizen action and civil society throughout the world, especially in areas where participatory democracy and citizens’ freedom of association are challenged”, said Mr. Tiwana.

The document may be downloaded here.

 

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