UN Special Rapporteur Maina Kiai released his mandate’s second-ever annual report, “2015: The Year in Assembly & Association Rights.” The report tells the story of 2015 from the perspective of assembly and association rights and recaps the Special Rapporteur mandate’s work during the year. The report describes the events of 2015 as “another epic, global tug-of-war over the role that assembly and association rights play in our world today,” citing the emphatic continuation of the global trend of massive protest movements despite many governments’ attempts to shrink space for civic engagement. Maina Kiai notes that, while the year was filled with stirring tales of courage, dedication and passion from activists all over the world, the problem is that far too many of these stories had the wrong ending in 2015. He says that civil society faces a tough battle to reclaim civic space in 2016 and beyond, but that he is ultimately optimistic. Read the full report here.