Author Archives: cathalgilbert

OGP must protect space for people power – Before it is too late

The mobile phone footage may be shaky, but there is no doubt about what is happening – and it’s a disturbingly familiar scene.  A black protester struggles against half a dozen policemen, who are attempting to restrain him amidst the … Continue reading

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Swimming against the tide

When I first started this blog in 2014, there was a part of me which thought that its title (Democracy in a hostile world) was somewhat hyperbolic. As I return to writing on it on 9th November 2016, a lot … Continue reading

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Missing: an international response to the rising tide of impunity

This article was first published on openGlobalRights, a section of the openDemocracy. Civil society organisations are targeted because political elites know they have power. But where is the international backup? A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on closing space for civil society. … Continue reading

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Will the OGP sink or swim? Civic space will be the lifesaver.

This article was jointly written with Tanja Hafner-Ademi from the Balkan Civil Society Development Network and first appeared on the OGP’s blog, here. The Open Government Partnership is just four years old, but already has the potential to help fight … Continue reading

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The connection between corruption and shrinking civic space

This article originally appeared in the July 2015 edition of the UNCAC newsletter here. Citizens everywhere are finding it more and more difficult to have their voices heard. All over the globe, peaceful protestors are brutally attacked, investigative journalists are … Continue reading

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Xenophobic violence returns to the streets of South Africa

South Africa is caught in the midst of another wave of xenophobic violence, as tensions between citizens and foreigners escalate dangerously. In a country with almost 40% unemployment, and a recent history of pervasive enmity between South Africans and the … Continue reading

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What can Ireland do to promote business respect for human rights?

Ireland is one of only a handful of states that are developing national plans to promote better human rights practice by business. What should that plan contain? A few weeks ago, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade asked for submissions … Continue reading

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