Category: Civil Society

State Capitalism resurgence threatens democracy

     

Liberal democracies are under threat from a resurgence of state capitalism, which is ultimately “more protectionist, more dangerous to global security and prosperity, and more threatening to political freedom” than free… Read more »

Russian rights defender receives political asylum

     

Russian rights defender Nadezhda Kutepova has received political asylum in France, RFE/RL reports: Kutepova, the director of the Planeta Nadezhd (A Planet of Hope) nongovernmental organization, left for France in… Read more »

Panama Papers give glimpse through keyhole of kleptocracy

     

The Panama Papers are a glimpse through a keyhole of an orgy of tax evasion, money laundering and kleptocracy – amid the legitimate financial planning – hosted by the world’s… Read more »

Despite crackdown, China faces ‘real risk of social disorder’

     

  As an old-style Leninist party in a modern world, China’s ruling Communist party is confronted by two major challenges, notes Orville Schell, the Arthur Ross Director of the Center… Read more »

Illiberal powers emboldened – Authoritarianism Goes Global

     

  Over the past decade,  and gained influence within the global arena. Leading authoritarian countries―including China, Iran, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Venezuela―have developed new tools and strategies to contain the… Read more »

Vietnam convicts 7 activists in one week

     

Vietnam’s Communist authorities should immediately free prominent bloggers and activists imprisoned for exercising their rights, Human Rights Watch said today: During the last week of March 2016, Vietnam convicted seven… Read more »

Amid signs of discontent, new law hits China’s rights groups’ funding

     

China’s new law regulating charities is a further blow to its rights activists, and could restrict any non-government group from raising funds to help some of the country’s most vulnerable people, an overseas-based… Read more »

Halt Equatorial Guinea’s pre-election crackdown, say NGOs

     

The government of President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea should immediately cease its suppression of independent voices ahead of presidential elections, a group of human rights and democracy… Read more »