New project documents how governments are using COVID-19 to impose authoritarian policies

In response to the pandemic, governments around the world have been enacting new policies to protect public health — including many that are necessary to slow the spread of the virus. But in a time when authoritarianism is also on the rise, some governments are exploiting the public health crisis to impose dangerous policies that could impact civil society long after the pandemic ends.

Four international groups awarded grants to protect civic space

[PRESS RELEASE] PHILADELPHA (August 16, 2021) – Today, the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) announced four grants to civil society organizations who are advocating for the protection of civic space. The groups are taking action to protect civil rights and liberties during the pandemic, and will be using these grants to implement innovative projects in four locations across the globe.