Civil society space and the United Nations human rights system

This Guide highlights issues related to the work of civil society actors. It begins with a working definition of the terms ‘civil society’ and ‘civil society space’. It then provides an overview of the conditions and A Practical Guide for Civil Society environment needed for a free and independent civil society, including relevant international human rights standards for freedoms of expression, association and peaceful assembly, and the right to participate in public affairs.

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