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.
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Many international organizations are undergoing a process of self-reflection and considering whether they are genuinely inclusive. Do they unwittingly embody structural racism? Are they perpetuating embedded colonial attitudes and practices?
Are you protecting civic space during COVID-19?
[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.
Unrelenting harassment of activists and critics by police to stifle all forms of dissent in Malaysia
Read this update by the CIVICUS Monitor, documenting the curtailment of freedoms by the Malaysian government as they intimidate and harass critics.
The BBC, CNN, the New York Times, AP and other international reporters have been investigating the attempt by Chinese authorities to construct an official narrative of the pandemic domestically and internationally.
Massive data leak reveals Israeli NSO Group's spyware used to target activists, journalists, and political leaders globally
Read Amnesty's article on The Pegasus Project that revealed how spyware is being used by repressive governments to target journalists, activists and critics.
According to CIVICUS, only 3.4% of the world's population lives in countries with open civic space. Read this article by IISD on how the pandemic has affected the distribution, use and oversight of power determining people's well being.
This Reuters article is concerned about new COVID-19 scanners in Abi Dhabi and the privacy violations and risks they present. Data rights groups are warning residents against this new technology; "Matt Mahmoudi, a technology researcher at Amnesty International, called it "the surveillance-for-services tradeoff" often seen in smart cities".