Protecting Civic Space: Support to Organizations, Policy Coherence and Establishment of Counter-Narratives

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On 3rd-4th December, 2015, the 17th EU-NGO Forum on Human Rights, organized by the European External Action Service (EEAS), European Commission and the Human Rights and Democracy Network (HRDN), took place to discuss the issue of shrinking space for civil society in the world and EU response to this growing phenomenon. The Forum, which was among other addressed by Maina Kai (UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Association), Stavros Lambrinidis (EU Special Representative on Human Rights), Oleg Orlov (Sakharov Prize Laureate Memorial), Michel Forst (UNSR for Human Rights Defenders) and Federica Mogherini (EU Special Representative on Foreign Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission), brought together over 100 activists and other stakeholders to discuss legislative environment, counter-narratives and rights to protect and foster participation. Tanja Hafner Ademi, BCSDN’s Executive Director, was also participating in the Forum. More information is available here.

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