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Regional Human Rights Mechanisms

In addition to UN-level and global mechanisms, the CSI seeks to expand the recognition of civic space norms within regional, multilateral mechanisms. The consortium is targeting human rights mechanisms in Latin America, Asia, Europe, and Africa. 

Key accomplishments

  • The CSI identified challenges faced by human rights defenders across Latin America and determined best approaches to advocate for change through the Organization of American States (OAS).
  • The CSI provided advocacy support to help defeat regressive reforms to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights designed to weaken the Commission and its Special Rapporteurs.
  • The CSI engaged with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) to support the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and association in the region, including substantial input to the OSCE-ODIHR/Venice Commission Freedom of Association Guidelines.
  • The CSI strengthened networks within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member countries to advocate for human rights protection through ASEAN. To date, the CSI has trained nearly 200 CSOs in ASEAN member countries.
  • The CSI provided substantial input to the EU on draft guidelines for supporting civil society in the Western Balkans and Turkey.
  • The CSI empowered a study group commissioned by the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights (ACHPR) to develop norms for the freedom of assembly and of association that are specifically tailored to the regional context and enhanced the participation of CSOs in discussions affecting these norms.


This webpage is prepared by the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law through the Civic Space Initiative, implemented in partnership with ARTICLE 19, CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, and the World Movement for Democracy.