The CIVICUS Monitor is a research tool that provides close to real-time data on the state of civil society and civic freedoms in 195 countries. The data is generated through a collaboration with more than 20 civil society research partners, and input from a number of independent human rights evaluations. The latest ratings provide further evidence that the space for civil society – civic space – continues to close around the world. This phenomenon extends to a wide range of countries – from established democracies like Belgium and the Netherlands, to economic powerhouse China and conflict-ridden Yemen. Civic space ratings have worsened in the last quarter in eight countries, improved in two, and remained unchanged for 185 countries. These changes are based on a review of quantitative and qualitative data on the freedoms of association, peaceful assembly and expression undertaken between July and September 2017. More information is available here.