August / September 2010
Issue: 55



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Charity and Security Network Summary of the United States Supreme Court ruling in the Humanitarian Law Project case
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CIVICUS Civil Society Index Policy Brief on Albania
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International Center for Civil Society Law Journal September 2010
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International Commission of Jurists e-bulletin on counter-terrorism and human rights
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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 citizensí 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.


At the beginning of August a three-day workshop was organised in Moscow, Russia with Eurasia IDEA Network partners. The workshop gathered 15 of the Network participants, who formed the Supervisory Committee and the Network Secretariat, to continue ongoing work and plan ahead for joint advocacy and collaboration in addressing regional threats to civil society. Flowing from this workshop, Eurasia network partners also planned and carried out in August, a joint fact-finding and solidarity network mission to Kyrgyzstan that was funded by the CIVICUS Crisis Response Fund. Over the course of August and September a wide range of civil society organizations, individual activists and donors are also being convened to organise a parallel OSCE Region Civil Society Conference in Astana, Kazakhstan that will run immediately before the OSCE High Level Summit to be held this December 2010 in Astana.



UNITED NATIONS: Human Rights Council establishes mandate on Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and Association, extends mandates on Arbitrary Detention, Cambodia and Health
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INDIA: Indigenous community wins battle against mining group
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Highlights


UN Human Rights Council adopts landmark resolution on freedom of peaceful assembly and association
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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights warns the international community over increasing attacks on civil society and human rights defenders
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CIVICUS urges world leaders to act decisively on the MDGs before it's too late

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CIVICUS warns world leaders of looming MDG failure without full civil society participation
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CIVICUS observes momentum to reclaim civil society space at the World Assembly
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World Assembly participants express shock at India's new restrictions on foreign funding for CSOs
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Civil society groups from around the world call on Israeli government to release Palestinian activist Ameer Makhoul
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CIVICUS expresses alarm at the continued harassment of Russian environmental activists
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Civil society expresses deep anxiety at attempts to strangle democratic freedoms in South Africa
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ALGERIA: UNCAC Coalition calls for release of anti-corruption activist

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BAHRAIN: Another human rights activist and blogger arrested
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CAMBODIA: Activist convicted to two years in prison for producing and distributing anti-government leaflets
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INDIA: Protestors in Kashmir killed as troops fire into crowd
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INDONESIA: Two environmental reporters found dead as threats to journalists escalate
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KYRGYZSTAN: Human rights lawyer defending Uzbek minority attacked by mob while police look on
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RUSSIA: NGOs demand end to intimidation tactics following coordinated raids across the country
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SOUTH AFRICA: Concern about muzzling of media freedoms mounts
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SWAZILAND: Human rights defenders and political activists detained once again
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THAILAND: Director of online newspaper detained for offending dignity of the sovereign
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UGANDA: Government plans new law to restrict public gatherings
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UNITED KINGDOM: Concerns mount as aid policy is centred around security
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VIETNAM: Authorities refuse participation by FIDH representatives in the ASEAN People's Forum
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With the evaluation launch of the new online database and interactive platform for action (CSW Online, www.cswatch.org ) during the World Assembly, the platform is now available for use and testing by CIVICUS partners. EWS partners in particular have been encouraged to adopt the new system in reporting threats to civil society. The Civil Society Watch team is also working to populate CSW Online with the most recent threats and advocacy actions previously reported via the EWS bi - weekly reporting forms. Feedback has been positive and refinements to CSW Online are being progressively implemented based on comments and suggestions.






Doug Rutzen is President and CEO of the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL), a founding member of CIVICUS. Under Doug's leadership, ICNL has worked in over 100 countries on the legal framework for civil society, civic participation, and philanthropy. To accomplish this work, ICNL draws upon the skills of its Advisory Council, Board, and staff, who come from 40 countries, speak 25 languages, and reflect the diversity that makes civil society so dynamic. Doug has been working with civil society for 25 years, and we asked him to share his perspectives on recent multilateral initiatives to help protect civil society.
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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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