Comoros Overview

People in Comoros are constitutionally protected in the enjoyment of their fundamental freedoms, which are also safeguarded in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Comoros is a state party. In spite of these protections and the important role that civil society organisations (CSOs) play in Comoros, the state imposes restrictions on their full enjoyment of basic civic freedoms. Read more


Malta maintains a free and enabling space for civil society. The freedom to associate is guaranteed in law although there have been minor problems for LGBTI persons in the past. Read more


Civil society organisations working on environmental issues continue to be subject to harassment and intimidation. Several cases of detention of human rights defenders for raising awareness on environmental issues have been documented. Read more


Civic space is protected in law but government intimidation and over-zealous policing in Malawi impede activism and civil society organisations’ operations in practice. Read more


Suriname has an active civil society that includes human rights groups, gender equality groups, community organisations, indigenous groups, faith-based organisations, and trade unions, with a history of connecting with civil society across the Caribbean region. Read more


Iceland has a strong democratic tradition and a culture of participation and activism. While the country has seen several corruption scandals in recent years, most recently exposed by the Panama Papers leaks, each time there has been a strong civic response that has led to rapid political change. Read more

St Vincent and the Grenadines-Overview

The Constitution of St Vincent and the Grenadines guarantees fundamental freedoms, including of conscience, expression, association and assembly. Read more

Zambia - Overview

Zambia has an extensive civil society, which includes a strong presence by church groups and trade unions as well development and human rights CSOs. Read more


Mauritius is a middle-income country with long-established practices of democracy and an active culture of political debate, and it has a diverse civil society, working on issues such as human rights, women’s rights and women’s political under-representation, LGBTI rights, the rights of the excluded Creole community, high-level political corruption, the environment and HIV/AIDS. Read more


Dominica’s civil society works on a diversity of issues, and fundamental freedoms, of association, assembly and expression, are guaranteed in the Constitution. Read more