In some countries, new laws and government decisions have blocked the ability of CSOs to fully participate in public policy, often through restrictions on access to foreign funding. Human rights defenders have been harassed or arrested, and CSOs closed down. The Conference of INGOs organized a debate on 6th and 7th June in Strasbourg “Only a matter for politicians? Civil society, money and political activities”, which looked at the challenges facing CSOs in a time when civil society space is shrinking. Participants outlined methods to prevent inappropriate restrictions on CSOs, which are essential contributors to political debate and to the development of new policies and laws. The conference aimed to recommend ways to fight restrictive measures against CSOs, which some governments often justify for so-called political stability. More information is available here.
Source: European Movement