Freedoms of NGOs
We use the term non-governmental organisation (NGO) to mean an organisation that is independent from the government, that is not a business, and that works to promote the well being of everyone in society. Typically, NGOs work to protect the environment, fight corruption, stop governments misusing their powers to abuse vulnerable groups, and protect liberties and freedoms from government interference. NGOs are vital to democracy: they keep the people informed about laws and policies that affect their rights, they help the public give their opinion to politicians and they help make sure that governments don't break the law. Because of this, governments across the EU are making life difficult for NGOs, for example by making it harder for them to receive donations. This topic covers the work we do to persuade the EU to protect the freedoms that NGOs need to do their job.Read our explainer on NGOs
Freedoms of NGOs articles
•Germany’s legislation regulating the work of civil society organizations is outdated and vague, leaving them vulnerable to attacks by some politicians and commercial lobbyists, Liberties' new report finds.
•The campaign launched by the Belgium League of Human Rights (LDH) and Liga voor mensenrechten (Liga) to create a Human Rights House in Brussels ended on Monday 5 October, exceeding its goal for contributions.
•The newly elected Slovenian government has a long track record on curbing criticism. Their latest move aims to silence civil society organisations. Raise your voice and join their petition.
EU Governments Use Pandemic Measures to Restrict Civic Space and Freedoms: Liberties & Greenpeace Report•Restrictions on the right to protest, free speech, access to information and freedom of association. This is how governments across the EU took political advantage of the pandemic. Read details in the Liberties-Greenpeace joint report below.