We Are Moving Backwards: The 2019 CIVICUS Report isn’t a feelgood story

CIVICUS describes itself as a global alliance of civil society organisations and activists dedicated to strengthening citizen action and civil society throughout the world.  They produce an annual State of Civil Society Report about the openness and freedom of countries, and changes in status.  It’s not a happy report for 2019.

Here is the world map for countries.

Forty three countries are rated as Open (civil societies with freedom) but aside from Germany few of those are politically or geographically dominant (e.g. Canada, Nordic Countries, New Zealand).  Forty two are rated as Narrowed (losing freedoms, primarily due to “populism”), and many of them are dominant (e.g. UK, Australia, Argentina, US, Japan).  Eighty percent of the world’s population lives in countries rated as Obstructed, Repressed, and Closed (dictatorships).

The full State of Civil Society report (PDF) can be found here.