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Peaceful Assembly

Freedom of assembly is constitutionally guaranteed in Brazil. Proposed restrictive regulations have not yet been passed. However, the use of excessive force against demonstrators intensified after anti-government protests in 2013. Read more


Association

The Brazilian Constitution guarantees the freedom of association, and in July 2014 a decades-long civil society effort resulted in the adoption of a general law that will regulate CSOs starting in July 2015.Regrettably, a year later the government moved forward with plans to introduce anti-terror legislation, which international experts warned could undermine fundamental freedoms and be used to target social movements. Read more


Expression

Argentina is a relatively safe country for journalists, but there have been cases of harassment and political intimidation by provincial governments. In December 2013, Juan Pablo Suárez, a newspaper editor, was arrested and later accused of sedition and inciting collective violence under the highly criticized antiterrorism law. Read more


Peaceful Assembly

Peaceful protests are frequent in Argentina, and people are able to demonstrate mostly without constraint; no prior authorisation requirements are in place. However, a newly issued protocol on police action during demonstrations would allow the security forces to use firearms or rubber bullets to disperse crowds. Read more


Association

The right to create and operate civil society organisations is guaranteed in Argentina. NGOs, trade unions, grassroots organisations and advocacy groups are legally recognised, are robust and play a major role in society. Read more


Overview

Despite limitations in the exercise of some civic space freedoms, which are particularly apparent at the local level, Argentine civil society is robust and highly visible and has played a positive role in recent legal reforms. The media is highly polarised, and stigmatising statements and criticism by public officials impede the healthy deliberation of public issues. Read more


Overview

The world’s ninth largest economy, Brazil is a regional power as well as an emerging global power. At the same time, Brazilians experience grave human rights violations that reflect poorly on the country’s respect for civic space. Read more


Overview

People in Andorra enjoy civic space that is unhindered by legal or practical impediments. Civic associations in Andorra are free to support a range of causes, from promoting women’s rights to stimulating economic debate and advocating for environmental protection. Read more