Report of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on Civil Society


This 2016 report by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UN Document No. A/HRC/32/20) focuses on examples of practices that optimize civil society’s transformative potential.

The High Commissioner identifies five essential ingredients that allow civil society to thrive: a robust legal framework compliant with international standards that safeguards public freedoms and effective access to justice; a political environment conducive to civil society work; access to information; avenues for participation by civil society in decision-making processes; and long-term support and resources for civil society.

The report was requested by the Human Rights Council in resolution 27/31.