Global Study on the Impact of Counterterrorism on Civil Society and Civic Space 

For decades, civil society and UN human rights mechanisms have communicated the persistent challenge of the misuse of policies and regulations meant for countering terrorism and preventing and countering violent extremism (P/CVE). Written by the UN Special Rapporteur Fionnuala Ní Aoláinon the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms, Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, the Global Study focuses on the experiences of civil society across the world operating amidst closing civic space and the widespread misuse of counterterrorism and P/CVE measures to restrict their exercise of human rights and fundamental freedoms.

The Global Study documents restrictions on civic space across every region and finds they are directly linked to the regulatory and institutional practices of counterterrorism and P/CVE. The Global Study provides recommendations to UN Member States, the UN, and other stakeholders on how counterterrorism and P/CVE programming and practice can integrate stronger human rights due diligence safeguards to foster participatory, inclusive, and vibrant civic space in compliance with international law and direct response to the concrete challenges faced by civil society today.

Download the Global Study HERE.

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