ECF condemns the liquidation of 50+ NGOs in Belarus and asks the EU to renew strong pressure on Belarusian authorities

On 22 July, the Ministry of Justice filed a lawsuit to liquidate over 50 NGOs in Belarus. This comes after Lukashenko vowed to continue what he called a “mopping-up operation” against civil society activists who he denounced as “bandits and foreign agents”.  This is the government’s latest move in a relentless and systematic crackdown on…

EC RULE OF LAW REPORT FINDS CIVIC ACTORS FACE “SERIOUS CHALLENGES”: IT’S TIME FOR THE COMMISSION TO ACT!

On 20 July 2021, the European Commission published the second rule of law report covering events taking place in 2020 and early 2021. The report maintains the same methodology adopted in the previous one, looking narrowly at only four elements: the justice system, the anti-corruption framework, media pluralism and other institutional issues related to checks…

France Country Briefing: Government Measures Risk Leading to Fast Deterioration of Civic Space

The European Civic Forum is raising the alarm on France. While fundamental freedoms are protected by the law and generally respected, civil liberties have been put under increasing pressure since 2015 following the state of emergency introduced in after the terrorist attacks. Two laws (Loi pour une sécurité globale, Projet de loi confortant le respect…

French Separatism Bill threatens fundamental freedoms, warn civil society organisations

      8 June 2021 IMMEDIATE RELEASE French Separatism Bill threatens fundamental freedoms, warn civil society organisations   The proposed French « separatism » bill («Projet de loi confortant le respect des principes de la République») could threaten rights and civil liberties, according to French and European civil society organisations including CIVICUS, the European Civic Forum…