A Practical Guide for Civil Society: Civil Society Space and the UN Human Rights System

This guide highlights issues related to the work of civil society actors (CSAs). It begins with a working definition of the terms ‘civil society’ and ‘civil society space’. It then provides an overview of the conditions and environment needed for a free and independent civil society, including relevant international human rights standards for freedoms of expression, association and peaceful assembly, and the right to participate in public affairs.

Obstacles and limitations to civil society work are identified, including harassment, intimidation and reprisals against CSAs. The guide invites CSAs to use the UN human rights system to promote and protect civil society space at the local level. The Guide aims primarily to assist CSAs who are not yet familiar with the UN human rights system.

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