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Shrinking space for civil society

In many parts of the world independent civil society is coming under growing pressure from governments made uncomfortable by their work. This programme looks at the ways in which non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are finding it harder to register, operate and raise funds in a worsening political climate. It will examine the use of ‘foreign agent’ laws, opaque reporting requirements and other attempts to restrict international donor funding. It will look at the way independent civil society activists are increasingly targeted by regimes looking to silence their voices.

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Closing the door: the challenge facing activists from the former Soviet Union seeking asylum or refuge

This event will examine how countries, particularly in Europe, are making it more difficult for activists and others from the former Soviet Union who are at risk of persecution to seek refuge or secure asylum. It will discuss at the ways in which countries are increasingly sending those at risk back to their country of origin, sometimes misusing the concepts of ‘Internal Protection’ and ‘safe third countries’ . The event will explore the need for asylum systems to ...

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  • Claire Rimmer Quaid, ECRE Senior Policy and Project Officer, European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE)
  • Dr Leila Alieva, Academic Visitor, St Anthony’s College, University of Oxford
  • Dr Saipira Furstenberg, Postdoctoral fellow and Project Manager,  Central Asian Political Exiles project, University of Exeter
  • Chair: Baroness Stern CBE, Secretary, All Party Parliamentary Group on Human Rights
December 4, 2017

Committee Room 5, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA

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