The pressure on civil society increases as democratic space is shrinking

In a new feature article in Norwegian newspaper Bistandsaktuelt, Siri Gloppen and Lise Rakner comments on the shrinking democratic space and its effect on civil society.

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They particularly emphasize the disaggregated nature of the backlash, which seems to first target rights of association, information, rule of law. In the article, Gloppen and Rakner also emphasize that developments vary widely across the African continent, but that where there is a backlash, minorities and other vulnerable groups are usually the ones feeling the backlash the hardest.