CSOs have emerged as active participants in local, national, and global governance processes, often mobilising across borders to promote and protect human rights and hold governments accountable for repressive actions. However, in many countries, CSOs are under significant pressure as states deploy a range of formal and informal strategies to undermine their credibility, financial security, and legal protection. This Policy Brief serves as a summary of a workshop on ‘State Restrictions of Civil Society and the Free Flow of Information’, hosted by the Global Governance Institute in May 2017, bringing together an international group of academics, practitioners, and policy-makers to discuss both the scope and types of state restrictions and how non-state and state actors respond to them. The policy brief is available for download here.
Source: Global Governance Institute