Chilling Trends: Balkan Region’s Crackdown on Civil Society Organizations


BCSDN strongly condemns the growing trend of foreign agents registration acts (FARA) in the Balkan region, which pose a significant risk to independent CSOs. Recent developments in Republika Srpska and Bulgaria demonstrate a concerning pattern of restrictive legislation that could stifle CSOs’ ability to operate freely. These laws, framed as measures to enhance transparency and accountability, instead mirror tactics used to silence critical voices in other countries. CSOs play a vital role in promoting democracy, good governance, and human rights. Therefore, the network urges caution, emphasizing the need for inclusive dialogue with CSOs and the creation of enabling environments that support their legitimate operations and preserve civic participation. It is crucial to protect civil society’s vital contributions to sustainable and functioning democracies in the region. Read more here.
Source: BCSDN


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