Tag: Civic Space
Organizations from Asia and Europe held online forum on increasing political repression amid COVID-19May 21, 2021
The onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic was preceded by the rise of authoritarian strong-man rule, especially countries in the global south, resulting in multi-faceted disasters. Several governments exploited the health crisis by imposing measures that curbed freedom of speech and freedom of assembly. Some governments have maximized the opportunity to railroad their political and neoliberal economic agenda, most of which are against the people’s interest such as what is happening in Myanmar, India, Indonesia and the Philippines. There are also countless cases of human rights violations perpetrated by state security forces and enforcement of antidemocratic laws meant to silence critics and consolidate political power.
“The words and actions of the government and military to supposedly support community pantries are empty if they keep seeing red whenever people come together to help themselves in the face of government neglect and if every aspect of civic action is always so closely monitored by paranoid security forces,” says Liza Maza, CPDG Spokesperson.
The Ecumenical Institute for Labor Education and Research (EILER) is a civil society organization that has advocated for labor rights and welfare for over forty years. It is not affiliated with any terrorist group. It is not a communist front. EILER began as a church labor center in the 1970s, founded by church people and […]
Development workers, environmental defenders alike, join the broad civil society in a picket protest on February 2, 2021 – the day of the oral arguments against the ATA 2020 – urging the Supreme Court to junk the oppressive law.