Publication date: 17 May 2018

Challenges facing civil society organisations working on human rights in the EU – Summary

Civil society organisations in the European Union play a crucial role in promoting fundamental rights, but it has become harder for them do so – due to both legal and practical restrictions. This summary outlines the main findings and FRA’s opinions on the different types and patterns of challenges faced by civil society organisations across the EU,

Overview

While challenges exist in all EU Member States, their exact nature and extent vary across countries. They include: disadvantageous changes in legislation or inadequate implementation of laws; hurdles to accessing financial resources and ensuring their sustainability; difficulties in accessing decision- makers and feeding into law and policymaking; and attacks on and harassment of human rights defenders, including negative discourse aimed at delegitimising and stigmatising CSOs.

FRA’s full report on this issue looks at the different types and patterns of challenges faced by civil society organisations across the EU, and highlights promising practices that can counteract these worrying patterns. This summary outlines the report’s main findings and FRA’s opinions on the issues these raise.

Country research

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18 January 2018

Country studies for the for the report 'Challenges facing civil society organisations working on human rights in the EU'

These reports from EU Member States constitute the background material for a comparative analysis for the report ‘Challenges facing civil society organisations working on human rights in the EU’. The country studies were prepared by FRA’s research network, FRANET.

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Country study - Standing and operational space of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in contributing to respecting and promoting fundamental rights in EU Member States – Austria (421.68 KB)

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Country study - Standing and operational space of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in contributing to respecting and promoting fundamental rights in EU Member States – Belgium (590.72 KB)

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Country study - Standing and operational space of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in contributing to respecting and promoting fundamental rights in EU Member States – Bulgaria (457.65 KB)

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Country study - Standing and operational space of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in contributing to respecting and promoting fundamental rights in EU Member States – Croatia (432.76 KB)

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Country study - Standing and operational space of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in contributing to respecting and promoting fundamental rights in EU Member States – Cyprus (514.46 KB)

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Country study - Standing and operational space of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in contributing to respecting and promoting fundamental rights in EU Member States – Czech Republic (479.04 KB)

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Country study - Standing and operational space of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in contributing to respecting and promoting fundamental rights in EU Member States – Denmark (449.56 KB)

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Country study - Standing and operational space of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in contributing to respecting and promoting fundamental rights in EU Member States – Estonia (513.81 KB)

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Country study - Standing and operational space of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in contributing to respecting and promoting fundamental rights in EU Member States – Finland (430.1 KB)

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Country study - Standing and operational space of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in contributing to respecting and promoting fundamental rights in EU Member States – France (747.75 KB)

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Country study - Standing and operational space of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in contributing to respecting and promoting fundamental rights in EU Member States – Germany (383.23 KB)

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Country study - Standing and operational space of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in contributing to respecting and promoting fundamental rights in EU Member States – Greece (481.82 KB)

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Country study - Standing and operational space of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in contributing to respecting and promoting fundamental rights in EU Member States – Hungary (765.57 KB)

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Country study - Standing and operational space of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in contributing to respecting and promoting fundamental rights in EU Member States – Ireland (528.48 KB)

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Country study - Standing and operational space of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in contributing to respecting and promoting fundamental rights in EU Member States – Italy (418.16 KB)

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Country study - Standing and operational space of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in contributing to respecting and promoting fundamental rights in EU Member States – Latvia (559.99 KB)

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Country study - Standing and operational space of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in contributing to respecting and promoting fundamental rights in EU Member States – Lithuania (394.75 KB)

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Country study - Standing and operational space of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in contributing to respecting and promoting fundamental rights in EU Member States – Luxembourg (354.47 KB)

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Country study - Standing and operational space of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in contributing to respecting and promoting fundamental rights in EU Member States – Malta (442.43 KB)

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Country study - Standing and operational space of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in contributing to respecting and promoting fundamental rights in EU Member States – Netherlands (470.48 KB)

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Country study - Standing and operational space of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in contributing to respecting and promoting fundamental rights in EU Member States – Poland (419.12 KB)

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Country study - Standing and operational space of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in contributing to respecting and promoting fundamental rights in EU Member States – Portugal (425.75 KB)

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Country study - Standing and operational space of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in contributing to respecting and promoting fundamental rights in EU Member States – Romania (554.63 KB)

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Country study - Standing and operational space of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in contributing to respecting and promoting fundamental rights in EU Member States – Slovakia (344.59 KB)

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Country study - Standing and operational space of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in contributing to respecting and promoting fundamental rights in EU Member States – Slovenia (480.34 KB)

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Country study - Standing and operational space of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in contributing to respecting and promoting fundamental rights in EU Member States – Spain (457.85 KB)

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Country study - Standing and operational space of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in contributing to respecting and promoting fundamental rights in EU Member States – Sweden (410.5 KB)

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Country study - Standing and operational space of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in contributing to respecting and promoting fundamental rights in EU Member States – United Kingdom (616.56 KB)

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