Closing Space, Open Government? Civil society response to restrictions in OGP countries

What civic space is and why it matters? In order for civil society to function, flourish and play a full role in promoting democracy, development, good governance and human rights, three essential rights must be respected and realised: the freedoms of association, peaceful assembly, and expression. Together, these three rights, recognised in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and long established in international law and many national constitutions, determine the extent of civic space—the space in which civil society is able to form and act.

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