CPDE, CIVICUS and Forus International are organizing an online forum titled Under Pressure: Human rights and civic space in the digital era, as part of the joint policy and advocacy efforts to continue positioning the development effectiveness agenda at the center of the sustainable development agenda discussions.
As CPDE Regional Coordinator for Europe, BCSDN’s Executive Director Biljana Spasovska will take part in the forum and give an overview of the civic space and human rights in the Balkans and discuss how can civil society around the world respond to threats to civic space and human rights.
The event draws from the civic space situation in many countries around the world, where repressive laws and policies restrict fundamental freedoms of expression, participation, assembly, and association. Despite their vital role in the social and democratic fabric of their countries, civil society networks activists and human rights defenders face intimidation and attacks, both online and offline. A panel will expound on the said situation, with a specific focus on the digital context. They will discuss how new technologies have helped civil society to grow, activists to mobilise, and grassroots movements to unite, and how the risks and opportunities in this domain can be addressed.
The event will take place on 21 September 2021, from 4 to 5:30 PM GMT. The session is part of a series of events for the Global People’s Assembly, held in time for the UN General Assembly. More information on the event and registration for participation is available here.