Brot für die Welt

Side Event

Freedoms under Pressure – Launch of the fourth Atlas der Zivilgesellschaft 2021 by Brot für die Welt and CIVICUS

Around the world governments have been using the pandemic as an opportunity to further restrict civil society spaces of action. Instead of focusing on dialogue and information in the Covid19 crisis, they took advantage of the pandemic as a pretext to restrict political and civil rights. With reference to the state of emergency, there are numerous violations of the right to freedom of expression and freedom of the press: journalists and activists are punished or arrested for disseminating information about Covid and measures against the pandemic. Freedom of assembly is completely suspended in several countries. Demonstrators are met with brutal police violence and civil society is excluded from participatory processes. In some regions of the world, surveillance systems are being expanded, massively violating data protection and personal rights. Despite the restrictions and financial hardship, civil society initiatives have found new ways to support those in need and to give them a voice.


  • Silke Pfeiffer, Head Unit Human Rights and Peace, Brot für die Welt

  • Kai Schächtele, journalist and co-author of the Atlas der Zivilgesellschaft 2021


  • Dagmar Pruin, President of Brot für die Welt

  • Christine Meissler, Policy Advisor for Civic Space, Brot für die Welt

  • Marianna Belalba Barreto, Head of the Civic Space Research Cluster, CIVICUS

  • Naly Pilorge, Director of the Cambodian human rights organisation LICADHO

  • Dr. Kenneth Mtata, General Secretary of the Zimbabwe Council of Churches

  • Dr. Wiebke Rückert, Head of the Department for Human Rights and Gender at the German Foreign Office

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