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  1. Refugees welcome grafitti

    Europe's offensive against people helping refugees

    Ben Hayes, Frank Barat
    09 November 2017
    Article

    Three years ago, EU leaders praised its citizens for their efforts to welcome refugees. Why are they now criminalising those who show solidarity?

  2. Solidarity as a crime

    Michel Forst
    06 November 2018
    Article

    A foreword by Michel Forst, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders for 'The shrinking space for solidarity with migrants and refugees' report.

  3. Poland – this is what neoliberalism looks like

    Ewa Jasiewicz
    22 November 2017
    Article

    The spectacle of 60,000 nationalists and neo-Nazis marching through central Warsaw earlier this month made headlines around the world. Has Poland's ruling party's (PiS) tolerance and silent solidarity with the far right gone too far?

  4. A war on dissent?

    Kevin Blowe
    30 October 2018
    Article

    The Network for Police Monitoring (Netpol) campaigns against police surveillance on political dissent and the regular smearing of activists and groups as “domestic extremists”. Kevin Blowe explains how the police are closing down the space for protest in the UK.

  5. Why does the UK Data Protection Bill exempt the ‘risk profiling’ industry?

    Ben Hayes, Ravi Naik
    31 October 2017
    Article

    Anyone trying to open a bank account or send money overseas must undergo extensive risk assessment by private data-brokers, which amass non-credible data and falsely blacklist the wrong people on a speculative basis.

  6. No TAV: feeding the fire of resistance in northern Italy

    Frank Barat
    21 November 2017
    Article

    The decades-old struggle of the No TAV movement in northern Italy is an inspiration to environmentalist and anti-capitalist movements worldwide.

  7. Press Conference on Towards a Health and Human Rights Based Response to Drugs. Photo: The Lawyers Collective

    Interview: Shrinking Space in India

    Frank Barat
    05 October 2017
    Article

    Tripti Tandon from The Laywers Collective answers questions from Frank Barat about the clampdown on freedom of speech and the silencing of critical voices in India and how this is connected to shrinking space worldwide.

  8. Rodrigo Duterte: A Fascist Original

    Walden Bello
    19 January 2017
    Article

    Despite his bloody reign, Duterte remains popular, with the latest domestic poll giving him a trust rating of “excellent.” What makes Duterte tick? What drives many of his admirers to exclaim that they’re ready to die for him?

  9. Shrinking Space and The BDS Movement

    • Bina Ahmad, Ben White, Phyllis Bennis
    13 November 2018
    Paper

    A widening pattern of repression of social movements has taken shape around the world. Everywhere, space for dissent is shrinking rapidly. Governments and corporations alike are working to suppress and silence movements, organisations and individuals who organise against repression. This shrinking of public space threatens virtually all social movements. Around the world, the legality, physical safety, and public access of dissident movements and civil society more broadly are being threatened. This report examines the legal and political pressure exerted on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement, a global campaign aimed at pressuring Israel to end human rights violations, launched in 2005 by a group of Palestinian activists.

  10. The War on Terrorism Financing and Its Consequences for Civil Society

    Ben Hayes
    30 August 2017
    Article

    This summer, Women Peacemakers Program staff interviewed Ben Hayes, a researcher on topics such as security policy, counterterrorism, border control and surveillance, about his current work. Ben Hayes has been one of the first to research and write extensively on how countering terrorism financing (CTF) policies have been affecting the right to freedom of association and financial access for nonprofits, and the role of intergovernmental institutions such as the Financial Action Task Force (FATF)[1] in these phenomena. In this interview, he talks about how this topic first came to his attention, current trends in trying to craft solutions for the obstacles faced by nonprofits, as well as his take on what it will take to move forward.

  11. How the government is smothering dissident NGOs

    Praful Bidwai
    23 June 2014
    Article

    Muzzling NGOs is unbecoming of a democracy. Self-confident democracies encourage, indeed applaud, the involvement of citizens’ associations, including NGOs, in social and political decision-making and development planning. Instead, our paranoid government bullies and terrorises them

  12. Fault lines in the fight against racism and antisemitism

    12 February 2020
    Article

    Liz Fekete of the Institute of Race Relations examines the narrowing media narrative of what constitutes racism, and the way accusations of it are kicked around by politicians and journalists.

  13. Indian government sanctions Greenpeace to send a menacing message

    Praful Bidwai
    28 April 2015
    Article

    Prime Minister Modi's government has frozen the bank accounts of Greenpeace India, part of a wider campaign against 'anti-national' movements that challenge India's development policies based on the aggressive exploitation of coal, minerals, big hydro and nuclear power.

  14. Ken Loach on Palestine: “don’t be distracted, just tell the truth”

    Frank Barat
    24 October 2017
    Article

    The acclaimed film director responds to recent allegations in The Guardian and New York Times that he gave “spurious legitimacy” to Holocaust denial.

  15. On “shrinking space”

    • Ben Hayes, Frank Barat, Isabelle Geuskens, Nick Buxton, Fiona Dove, Francesco Martone, Hannah Twomey, Semanur Karaman
    07 April 2017
    Paper

    Individual and collective activism is facing a global pushback from states, corporations and the Far Right. How useful is the metaphorical concept of ‘shrinking space’ to examine such repression of civic society? This report deconstructs the shrinking space narrative and critiques some of its inherent problems, particularly its conflation with ‘civic space’. Thus a Government can profess support for ‘civic space’ and human rights defender initiatives abroad, while adopting repressive domestic policies and promoting collusion with corporations that contribute to ‘shrinking space’.

  16. De-risking and non-profits: how do you solve a problem that no-one wants to take responsibility for?

    Ben Hayes, Lia van Broekhoven, Vanja Skoric
    13 July 2017
    Article

    Decisive action should be taken by the G20 to assess the impact, legitimacy and effectiveness of the whole system of international rules designed to combat money laundering and terrorist financing.