Counter-terrorism and civic space01
New narratives for better futures02
Unaccountable economic power03
Counter-terrorism and civic spaceCivic space has been severely constricted over the last two decades as counter-terrorism laws and policies have proliferated. Governments have been able to cynically exploit ‘keeping people safe’ to crackdown on rights to assemble, to organise and to protest. FICS is working with those on the receiving end of this repression and those taking a bird’s eye view at transnational level. We believe it can be disrupted.
New narratives for better futuresIn a world beset with economic and environmental fragility, populist narratives and far right agitators are making enormous gains in many countries. They are often well resourced and join with repressive governments in attacking progressive movements and activists. FICS is working with social movements so that they can develop narratives and captivating stories about a free and fair future for all, which can counter narratives of hate and fear.
Unaccountable economic powerIn Rethinking Civic Space, FICS found that increasingly concentrated economic power is a direct driver of shrinking civic space. Multinational companies and super wealthy individuals are not simply hoarding resources, but are buying access to government, profiting from the repression of civic space, and positioning themselves as go to partners for government in place of civil society actors (for example, in fora which review digital rights). FICS intends to work with partners to examine more closely how this specifically impacts civic space and to strategise responses.
News & Resources
Source: Shutterstock, Alexandros Michailidis, Flags of UN and EU stand in European council Building, Belgium, May 15, 2018
Jun 2022 - News
Expert Submission to UN Special Rapporteur, based on new research with funders and Civil Society Organisations, finds counter-terrorism ...
Source: Shutterstock, 100 Words, Anti government protestors push shields of riot police, Bangkok, Thailand, November 24 2012
May 2022 - Report
Expert authors pinpoint drivers of human rights violations and call for radical change in funder approaches.
Source: Shutterstock, Lynsey Weatherspoon, Black Lives Matter March, New York, July 26 2020
Mar 2022 - Event
In late 2021, FICS Director Poonam Joshi co-convened the annual International Civic Forum meeting, which brings together people ...