Open Narrowed Obstructed  Repressed Closed

CIVIC SPACE IN NUMBERS

The CIVICUS Monitor rates the conditions for civil society or civic space. We provide ratings for civic space in 196 countries (all UN member states and 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 and social structures around them.

CIVIC SPACE IN 2020

Today, only 3% of the world’s population lives in countries with Open civic space. This has decreased from 4% last year. 

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 43 countries as Open, 42 rated as Narrowed, 49 rated as Obstructed, 38 rated as Repressed and 24 rated as Closed.

REGIONAL BREAKDOWNS


  Open Narrowed Obstructed Repressed Closed
Africa 2 6 18 15 8
Americas  11 11 7 5 1
Asia and Pacific 9 5 13 8 4
Europe and Central Asia 21 20 6 4 3
Middle East and North Africa 0 0 5 6 8
Data presented on this page covers the period October 2018 to November 2019. This page was last updated on 27th March 2020.