Crackdown on Civil Society!

Posted by Maria Codina on June 11, 2019 at 11:51 am

Crackdown on Civil Society – a film by Rights Reporter Foundation supported by AFEW International – is about civil society organisations who are being increasingly targeted by repressive governments in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

The movie presents a story of oppression, resistance and survival seen through the eyes of human rights defenders. They dedicated their lives to support the human rights of some of the most stigmatized and criminalised groups in Eastern Europe and Central Asia to be able to access health services.

This film is inspired by AFEW International’s assessment “We Fight. We Hide or We Unite: coping strategies amongst resilient harm reduction organisations and community networks in the context of shrinking space for civil society in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. It was carried out in the framework of the “Bridging the Gaps: health and rights of key populations” programme. This report presents the primary findings from the assessment, ‘Shrinking Space for Civil Society Organisations in Eastern Europe and Central Asia’, conducted between June and September 2017 at the international level by AFEW International and at the regional level in seven countries in the region (Georgia,  Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan) as well as Hungary and Poland.

After the initial review of the nine countries, we selected six — Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Poland, the Russian Federation, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan — for a further situation assessment. Here, we provide a detailed description of the overall study purpose, methodology, background and context regarding the shrinking civil society space and the coping strategies of HIV and PWUD CSOs working under these circumstances. The annexes to this report contain details regarding the assessment design, methods and tools.


More Information: 

Find the link to the film on the Crackdown on Civil Society (includes Russian, English and Polish subtitles) and full report “We Fight, We Hide or We Unite”.

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