We are happy to announce that we have begun cooperating with the global civil society alliance CIVICUS on an initiative called the CIVICUS Monitor, which is aimed at tracking civic space worldwide. Within the framework of this initiative, we and our Central Asian partners will regularly report on developments affecting the freedoms of association, peaceful assembly and expression in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, drawing on the findings of on-the-ground monitoring carried out by our partners.
The CIVICUS Monitor has been created to serve as a new, robust and frequently updated tool to collect, curate and communicate existing strands of information about civic space on a global scale and to provide reports and analyses that reflect the voices of local civil society actors. It also rates the state of civic space in countries across the world. By providing access to timely and reliable information about threats to fundamental freedoms, the initiative is aimed at enabling stronger, more concerted action to open up civic space, and challenge those that seek to close it.
We are looking forward to contributing to this important global initiative, in close cooperation with our partners from the region.
— Cathal Gilbert (@gilbertcathal) November 15, 2016