The Report

The Defending Civil Society Report describes various legal barriers that civil society organizations (CSOs) face around the world, and includes numerous illustrative examples of legal and regulatory restrictions imposed on CSOs around the world. The Report also identifies a set of international principles that should inform proper government-civil society relations. The Report calls for the promotion and implementation of those international principles. In drafting the Report, the World Movement conducted global and regional consultations with grassroots activists, independent journalists, democracy assistance practitioners, scholars, and others.

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