Governments are Displaying Signs of “Agoraphobia,” ICNL Says in Foreign Policy

9 April 2014

In Foreign Policy’s Democracy Lab, ICNL’s Douglas Rutzen and Brittany Grabel write that governments around the world are increasingly displaying signs of “agoraphobia,” or “fear of the square.”

Rutzen and Grabel discuss restrictions on the right of citizens to peacefully assemble in countries across the political spectrum, from Bahrain to the United States. The article may be viewed and shared at

ICNL’s thematic portal on the freedom of assembly is available here.