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Published on Feb 18, 2011
Too many governments are blatantly getting away with enacting repressive restrictions on civil society and diminishing the freedoms of expression, assembly and association. As the ten year anniversary of 9/11 approaches, one of the legacies of that event is an increasingly restricted civil society, a trend that began with anti-terror laws that followed the twin-tower attacks and which saw new threats to civil society in over 90 countries in 2009 and 2010.
That's why CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation launched Civil Society Watch Online, accessible at www.cswatch.org. It is an online platform that tracks threats to civil society reported from around the world. It currently contains reports from over 70 countries and provides the unique ability for civil society, the media and the public worldwide to access information, unite and take action on reported threats.