Open Narrowed Obstructed  Repressed Closed

CIVIC SPACE IN NUMBERS

The CIVICUS Monitor measures enabling conditions for civil society or civic space. We provide ratings for civic space in 197 countries and territories (all UN member states and Hong Kong, Kosovo, Palestine, and Taiwan). At CIVICUS, we see civic space as the respect in policy and practice for the freedoms of assembly, association and expression which are underpinned by the state’s duty to protect civil society.

We view civic space as a set of universally-accepted rules, which allow people to organise, participate and communicate with each other freely and without hindrance, and in doing so, influence the political, economic and social structures around them.

CIVIC SPACE IN 2022

Today, only 3.1% of the world’s population lives in countries with Open civic space. 

For better accuracy and comparison over time, this year we added a decimal point to the percentages (total=99.8%).
For better accuracy and comparison over time, this year we added a decimal point to the percentages.

GLOBAL CIVIC SPACE RESTRICTIONS 

Over the past year, civil society across the world has faced a variety legal and extra-legal restrictions. Below we document the top ten violations captured in the CIVICUS Monitor. 

COUNTRY RATINGS

The CIVICUS Monitor currently rates 39 countries and territories as Open, 41 rated as Narrowed, 43 rated as Obstructed, 49 rated as Repressed and 25 rated as Closed.

REGIONAL BREAKDOWNS


  Open Narrowed Obstructed Repressed Closed
Africa 2 4 13 24 6
Americas  10 9 9 5 2
Asia and Pacific 8 7 10 11 4
Europe and Central Asia 19 21 7 3 4
Middle East and North Africa 0 0 4 6 9
This page was last updated on 8 December 2021.