Claiming Back Civic Space Conference

The Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation, together with 11.11.11, CNCD (umbrella organisations of civil society organisations in Belgium) organized an international conference on shrinking civil space in December 2019.

Closing civil society space is a growing trend, impacting civic actors in countries throughout the world, with an alarming rise in restrictions placed on civil society’s ability to operate. The trend has encompassed a range or repressive measures by governments or society, from constraints on freedom of assembly to imposing limitations on NGOs funding or operations, from legal means to illegal violent measures.

Itay Epshtain presented specific features of the challenged spaces for civic engagement in a protracted armed conflict context.