Civic Space Developments

Antigua and Barbuda-Overview

Antigua and Barbuda is a small and relatively open country, where citizens are usually free to express their opinions, assemble in public and form groups to pursue collective interests. Although political pressure does sometimes interfere with mainstream broadcast and print media, 64% of people can access the Internet, which is free from government restrictions. Read more

CIVICUS condemns sentencing of 17 Angolan activists

The Provincial Court of Luanda sentenced 17 Angolan youth activists to prison sentences ranging from between two to over eight years on Monday for engaging in “preparation of a rebellion and criminal association.” CIVICUS, the global civil society alliance, strongly condemns this latest instance of repression by Angola’s totalitarian state apparatus, headed by president José Eduardo dos Santos since 1979. Read more

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CIVICUS condemns sentencing of 17 Angolan activists

Peaceful Assembly

Andorrans are free to gather peacefully in public, a right that is underpinned by Article 16 of the constitution. Gatherings must however be for a ‘lawful purpose’ and organisers of public gatherings are also ‘required’ to notify authorities in advance. Read more


Andorrans make the most of a healthy civic space, with over 400 officially-registered general associations, reflecting an incredibly vibrant civil society sector amongst the country’s small population. Organisations range from professional associations of estate agents to organisations like the Andorra Women’s Association, which carries out public advocacy around important social issues such as domestic and gender-based violence. Read more


A 2015 OSCE report confirms that Andorra’s media provides fair and balanced coverage of national events, including elections. The public broadcaster has adopted its own code of journalistic ethics. Andorrans also benefit from widespread, uncensored Internet access – according to the International Telecommunications Union, in 2014 over 95% of people in Andorra had access to the Internet. Read more


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