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CIVICUS publication ‘From Political Won’t to Political Will: Building Support for Participatory Governance’
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Civil Society statement to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting issued at the Commonwealth People’s Forum
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International Center for Not for Profit Law, ‘The International Journal of Not for Profit Law Vol 12, Issue 1’
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International Commission of Jurists e-bulletin on ‘Counter-terrorism and Human Rights’
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International Crisis Group policy briefing – ‘Afghanistan: Elections and Crisis of Governance
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Nobel Women’s Initiative Report titled ‘Women Redefining Democracy for Peace, Justice and Equality’
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CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation is an international movement of civil society with members and partners in over a hundred countries. CIVICUS nurtures the foundation, growth and protection of citizen action throughout the world especially in areas where participatory democracy and citizens’ freedom of association are threatened. The Civil Society Watch Programme of CIVICUS seeks to mobilise quick, principled and effective responses to events that threaten civil society fundamental freedoms of expression, association and assembly.


The Eurasia Network held its 2nd Network Meeting in Geneva from December 1-4 with 25 civil society representatives from the region. The meeting focused on: (i) building capacity of regional civil society actors to engage with UN human rights mechanisms in order to influence the implementation of international human rights obligations of their respective countries, (ii) disseminating information about threats to civil society in the region to the international human rights community, (iii) building alliances with international NGOs working on thematic and regional issues, and (iv) continuing strengthening the structure of the network, operations and strategic directions.


TURKEY: Restrictions on the use of Kurdish language in the news media lifted
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UN: Secretary General launches network of men leaders to combat violence against women
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CIVICUS article on ‘How Politics Subsumes the Human Rights Agenda at the UN’
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CIVICUS condemns the Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill
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CIVICUS demands greater space for civil society in the lending framework of the International Financial Corporation
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CIVICUS highlights human rights concerns at the Commonwealth People’s Forum
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CIVICUS submission to the UN Human Rights Council on Belarus
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ARMENIA: NGOs express concerns about the draft amendments to the Law on Public Organisations
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AZERBAIJAN: Youth bloggers convicted under questionable circumstances
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CUBA: Dissident bloggers abducted and beaten
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ETHIOPIA: CIVICUS concerns regarding the Charities and Societies Proclamation and Anti-Terrorism Bill featured in the summary civil society report prepared by the OHCHR
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THE GAMBIA: Civil society demands exclusion of the Gambian President from the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meet
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IRAN: Civil society groups urge UN member states to pass resolution condemning human rights abuses For more information, click here

KAZAKHSTAN: Civil society disappointed with lack of progress prior to assumption of OSCE chair
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KYRGYZSTAN: Authorities prevent activists from monitoring rights violations
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PHILIPPINES: Massacre blamed on government’s failure to address impunity
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RWANDA: Commonwealth admits Rwanda despite serious concerns about its human rights record
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USA: Civil society groups challenge Patriot Act in the Supreme Court For more information, click here

UZBEKISTAN: Human rights defenders violently assaulted by police officers For more information, click here.






Based on the discussions of the ad hoc working sub-group, new indicators have been drafted, which are being reviewed by project partners. The Civil Society Watch team is working with the CIVICUS communications team to design and develop an online database for tracking and responding to patterns of threats to civil society. Plans are also being developed to engage in a high-level fact finding/solidarity mission to Nicaragua in early 2010.






Interview with Feliciano Reyna, President of Sinergia, Venezuelan Association of civil society organisations

Sinergia, Venezuelan Association of civil society organisations was registered in 1996 in order to create a space for NGOs from different areas of social development to come together, strengthen their work through sharing of experiences, and make a collective contribution to social public policies for a more just and equitable society. Given the political changes taking place in Venezuela in the past few years, which pose threats to democracy and human rights, Sinergia has broadened its membership to include human rights organisations and now strongly promotes and advocates for the rights to freedom of association and participation. To read more on the interview with Feliciano Reyna, click here.

DISCLAIMER
The views expressed in this bulletin are a reflection of those contained in the original reports to which they are linked here, and are not necessarily those of CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation.

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