The Role of Measures to Address Terrorism and Violent Extremism on Closing Civic Space

Published: June 2019

Civil society space has shrunk dramatically since 2001, with civil society actors increasingly finding themselves stigmatized, discriminated against and criminalized.

This 2019 report by UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism Fionnuala Ní Aoláin and Dr. Anne Charbord looks at how security and counter-terrorism legislation has impacted the shrinking space phenomenon. It includes detailed recommendations on how states and others can address terrorism and violent extremism without infringing on a robust civil society.