In Europe, today, we are increasingly witnessing barriers to access fundamental rights. Austerity measures and shrinking social policies, as well as a distorted idea of democracy that does not include social justice hamper civic actors from fully playing their role. Moreover, in some countries, civic actors are being stigmatized, oppressed or even criminalized precisely because they defend a vision of democratic society based on social justice and inclusion. Hundreds of CSOs and movements have mobilised across European countries, sharing the same vision for making Europe a place where the access to fundamental rights is a reality for all and they call for more recognition and support for their action at local, national and European level. A paper by the European Civic Forum provides recommendations to European policy-makers towards creating an enabling environment for civil society all over Europe. Read more here.
Source: European Civic Forum