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UN Level Collaboration

Recognizing the closely intertwined relationship of the freedoms of association, assembly, and expression, the CSI does not limit its focus to one Special Rapporteur mandate alone.  Instead, the CSI seeks to enhance collaboration among UN mandate holders and ensure an imbedding of civic space norms into the architecture of other human rights mechanisms.

Key accomplishments

  • The CSI coordinated the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression and representatives from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), the Organization of American States (OAS), and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) to issue a joint declaration on freedom of expression and diversity in the digital terrestrial transition.
  • The CSI articulated a standard on incitement to hatred in Article 20 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), and incorporated this standard in UN documents.
  • The CSI contributed to a UN resolution that recognizes and calls for protection of peaceful assembly online and offline.
  • The CSI drafted and advocated for the first intergovernmental report examining legal measures used by states to suppress artistic expression.
  • The CSI supported the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Eritrea with her report, which highlights restrictions on the right to freedom of expression.
  • The CSI contributed to a joint declaration, issued by 31 UN Special Rapporteurs, on the importance of the freedoms of expression and information in the Post-2015 agenda.
  • The CSI facilitated the publication of a joint declaration on eliminating homophobia and transphobia through free expression and association. The joint declaration was signed by UN human rights experts, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, the ACPHR, and the OSCE.
  • News

  • UN HRC must strengthen protections for civil society, June 13, 2014


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.