In many countries in the Americas, people's rights to organize, protest or speak out are severely compromised, according to a new report from the CIVICUS, Charity & Security Network, the Caribbean Policy Development Centre, the Latin American and Caribbean Network for Democracy (REDLAD), and the Rendir Cuentas initiative, Civic Space in the Americas.
The report, which draws on research submitted to the CIVICUS Monitor, notes that civic space is seriously restricted in more than one-third of countries in the Americas. Obstacles to freedoms of expression, peaceful assembly and association include threats to personal safety, denial of the right to protest, and surveillance and censorship. Between June 2016 and May 2017, the most serious abuses and violations included disruptions of protests through excessive force, violence against journalists (including killings) and censorship of the media, detention and criminalization of activists, and the introduction of legislative restrictions on civic space freedoms (including 19 such bills in the U.S.). Indigenous peoples, Afro-descendants, women, LGBTI people, migrants and other minority groups were particularly affected.
Two groups of panelists examined the global refugee crisis at a World Refugee Day event at New America June 19.
The first panel looked at how refugees resettle in US cities and become integral members of their communities, as well as innovations that are helping to integrate these newcomers. The second panel examined the role of the Syrian diaspora community in assisting those affected by the crisis in their home country. A number of organizations have distributed hundreds of millions of dollars in aid for Syria and its neighbors. For more information and a recording of the event, click here.
Nonprofits can be negatively impacted by government investigations, whether they are the target or not. Law enforcement may show up at the office demanding to interview staff and take documents or computer records. Donors, volunteers, board members and staff may be subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury or questioned at their homes.
In the current political climate, nonprofits need to know their rights, how to be prepared in case of a visit from law enforcement, and how to respond if it does. This webinar will explain your rights and suggest strategies to defend your organization.
Friday, June 16
Speaker: Timothy O'Toole, Miller & Chevalier
Timothy P. O'Toole counsels and defends clients in white collar criminal matters, conducts internal corporate investigations, and represents potential witnesses and targets in government investigations. Although Mr. O'Toole has substantial experience in all areas of white collar practice, his main focus is on economic sanctions and export controls.