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Atlas of the civil society : Only four percent of humanity lives in freedom

Of the 196 countries in the world to hinder and curtail 150 the freedom rights of the people living there. Only four percent of humanity currently live in truly open societies, it is said in the "Atlas of the civil society", the "bread for the world" and the global network Civicus now for the second Time together. The data has been collected, Civicus, in the 1990s, founded, the Observatory on fundamental rights, based in South Africa.

EU: Not only Hungary under civil rights

presses do not recognize the European Union as the uniform of the "area of freedom, security and justice", as you praise yourself. Really fully respected and protected, they are also in EU-Europe only for a good half of the citizens (54 percent), among others, in Germany. EU-member Hungary is the only bright ochre-coloured stain in the EU-space of the Atlas. The color marked with the Status "restricted" for the human and civil rights. But also in France, the future no-longer-a member of the UK and practically the whole of the South of the Union - the notable exception is Portugal - evaluated in the Atlas, the situation as "impaired". This means that people and organisations are, on the whole, but occasionally legally be harassed, or the state is going on, in part, with oversized violence against protesters. Also, the reason a free press is gagged according to the criteria of the Atlas by certain rules, or there is pressure on the media people. In the category of companies with "impaired" space-the Overview sorts the United States.

"The authoritarian turn has won the 2018 dynamics"

It is only "impaired" social space is the mildest Form of the deviation of real freedom - does not mean what the authors of the study, that the situation in "open" countries such as Germany, Uruguay, in the Solomon Islands or Sweden would be perfect. The other categories are "impaired" - the category in Hungary, "suppressed" and "closed". In States where the space for the citizens closed completely "", Association, Assembly and freedom of expression exposed to, and who takes them, it must take detention, ill-treatment or even death at the time of purchase. Media is censored, the Internet is blocked, and the Attacks of the Powerful go unpunished, an atmosphere of fear prevails. In this category, the Atlas sorts 23 States, including Egypt, China, Cuba, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Uzbekistan and Vietnam. More than a quarter of the world's population, 27 percent, have to live under such conditions, calculated by the Atlas Team.

In 2018 was "a year of polarization": "The authoritarian turn that has used some time ago, is gaining momentum," write the Authors. There is a "systematic, global attack on civil society". The governments were made up of systems and treaties, the human rights and fundamental rights protected, the "term of struggle for sovereignty" to be used, the rights of minorities and cross-border alliances and international organizations to the conflict-to-loop solution, such as the UN (multilateralism). As this will provoke social protests, will the oppression of tougher. This authoritarian turn had also arrived in Europe. In her Foreword to the Atlas, the President of "bread for the world", Cornelia Füllkrug writes Weitzel, if Europe is to rescue defamed and commitment for the asylum law, the person gives as an attack on the rule of law, they see the "frightening Parallels" to experiences that made their organization and their partners in the third world.

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Germany is to ensure freedom elsewhere

"bread for the world", the development organization of the German Evangelical Church, justified their cooperation with Civicus with their development task: The freedom of civil society was "a genuine development of political concern". Without pressure there is no core issue of development is solved, be it labor rights, environmental protection, women's rights, social protection or access to education. Most of the protests in the world, would entail a brutal suppression, apply in exactly these social and economic issues. The Federal government is called upon to assume international responsibility. You must ensure "that their own economic and security policies lead to the restriction of civil society, spaces of negotiation in other countries".

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