The report on the debate “Only a matter for politicians? Civil society, money and political activities”, which was organised by the Conference of INGOs on 6 and 7 June is now available online here. The debate considered three interrelated dimensions – freedom of association, political activities of CSOs and foreign funding for CSOs – which are essential in order for CSOs to play their role in a pluralist democracy and for the protection of human rights. The debate aimed at identifying the needs for protection, proposing changes to strengthen freedom of association and at taking preventive measures so that restrictions do not spread and human rights could be reinforced where the rights and freedoms recede. The overall aim is to ensure that CSOs are considered in their diversity as democratic actors and not only as agencies implementing governmental decisions. This is the concern of the Council of Europe: where human rights CSOs and human rights defenders are persecuted, collective efforts should be employed to usher those member states back to their commitments to the Convention on Human Rights. To read the full report click here.
Source: Council of Europe