The repression of civil societies activites in countries like Egypt and Russia are justified with the “protection of the states sovereignity” and the “principle of non-intervention”. When unwelcomed critique is silenced, activists need all our solidarity and support.
Over the past years a number of states – democratic as well as authoritarian – throughout the entire world have significantly restricted spaces for civil society actors, activists, and organizations working independent of state and economic interests for political, social, and ecological participation and human rights. Governments frequently claim that activists and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are instruments of foreign regimes and justify their …read more
Source: Heinrich Boell Foundation