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Reading time: 3 minutes During these grave and unprecedented times of the COVID-19 pandemic, new digital tools are revealing harrowing data on privacy violations and government emergency powers. This #FeaturedResourceFriday we share how an online tracking platform monitors restrictions to civic freedoms and how this tool can improve government accountability and protect civil society.   Measuring the need and…

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Some U.S. Embassies Are Celebrating LGBTQ Pride, Defying the Government’s Wishes

Reading time: 3 minutes This LGBTQ+ themed #FeaturedResourceFriday highlights several honorary resources to tribute Pride which was last month. Intended for LGBTQ+ defenders, this activist toolkit provides a closer look at how U.S. embassies operate and how defenders can strategically approach, request, and access different types of diplomatic support. A sneak peak directly from the resource: “The first step…

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Reading time: 2 minutes Updated on October 2, 2020 Last year, we shared a featured resource in honor of International Day of Non-Violence. This year, we’ve supplemented this post with a few more dynamic resources. From a comprehensive training manual to an uplifting list of nonviolent victories, consider these ready-to-use resistance tools. Despite physical distancing measures, nonviolent resistance can…

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Reading time: 2 minutes The work performed by Human Rights Defenders (HRD’s) is formidable. Distress and confrontation are part of human rights work and take its toll on HRD’s mental health. Yet, activists are often expected to be psychologically well-balanced and available around the clock. The International Civil Society Centre is breaking the stigma around talking about HRDs’ psychological…

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Reading time: 2 minutes Human Rights Defenders’ (HRDs) work might sometimes expose them to specific contexts of violence and repression. HRDs’ safety and protection remain a priority both personally and for the successful execution of their humanitarian work. HRDs might experience threat at first hand as part of their work. In such situations, it is crucial that they are…

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Reading time: 2 minutes The Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) specializes in developing toolkits like their Pocket Guide to Supporting Learners with Disabilities. This Pocket Guide complements the INEE Minimum Standards guide which articulates the right to education for all children and young people, including those affected by crisis. This guide is intended to be a short and accessible introduction…

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Reading time: 2 minutes The Environmental Justice Atlas (EJAtlas) is an online, interactive platform centered on a visual display of thousands of socio-environmental conflicts. From deforestation and palm oil plantations in the Amazonia of Peru to the endangered corals in Okinawa, Japan, the EJAtlas coalition of strategists, organizers and scholars collaborate to expose mobilization efforts through case studies as a way…

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Reading time: < 1 minute CIVICUS Monitor is the first ever comprehensive civil society monitoring tool. It rates 195 countries on a 5 point scale from open to closed.  CIVICUS also records in real time news, developments related to civil freedoms. Curated by regional research partners, CIVICUS is a tool for civil society to talk about the scale of this…

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