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Serious violations of civic space don’t just happen in authoritarian countries: they are now happening in established democracies. CIVICUS, is tracking this kind of abuse all over the world. In a huge number of countries – including in many Open Government Partnership (OGP) countries – ordinary people, whose only aim is to fight against injustice and create fairer, more tolerant societies, are being treated like common criminals or terrorists. In fact, right now there are serious civic space problems in over a third of OGP countries. This analysis tells us that there is a combination of political and economic driving forces behind the increased activism on our streets – and also behind the repression that activists are being met with. It is a reminder that we cannot divorce our analysis of civic space violations from the economic models and rules being pushed forward by our democratically elected leaders, which benefit a few influential people and companies, rather than the majority of the population. So what can governments and civil society organizations do, and specifically, what should those in OGP countries do to reverse this trend? More information is available here.

 Source: OGP

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