The Foundation for Media Alternatives (FMA) was one of more than 200 civil society organizations that extended its hand in calling for support and solidarity to reject amendments to HRC32 draft resolution on the protection of civil society space.
The draft resolution spells out the essential ingrediants for States to create an enabling environment for civil society. The resolution
- Emphasizes the positive contribution of independent, diverse and pluralistic civil society to peace, security, sustainable development and human rights, and highlights good practice in protecting and supporting this role;
- Provides useful guidance for States to ensure that legal and policy frameworks are enabling for civil society and prevent intimidation and reprisals against civil society actors;
- Helps States and civil society to identify areas of legal, policy and administrative reform to safeguard the ability of civil society actors to fully exercise the rights to freedoms of expression, opinion, assembly and association, and to participate in democracy and public life, without hindrance. This includes on registration and reporting requirements, access to information, and securing resources for the vital work of civil society;
- Creates opportunities and incentives for States to voluntarily share and develop their good practices, and to lay the groundwork to benefit from the transformative potential of a vibrant civil society in any healthy, pluralistic and participatory democracy;
- Mandates OHCHR to study practices and procedures for civil society to contribute to the work of international and regional organisations, and consolidate best practices and challenges in that regard; and
- Invites United Nations bodies, agencies, funds and programs to themselves contribute to the protection and expansion of space for civil society.
Reports have it that Russia seeks to remove the said elements from the draft resolution and inser language to justify restrictions on civil society that would undermine the protections of international human rights law.
The resolution is expected to be adopted at the 32nd session of the Human Rights Council.