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Report of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on Civil Society

At its twenty-seventh session, the Human Rights Council adopted resolution 27/31 (A/HRC/RES/27/31 - A | C | E | F | R | S) on civil society space, in which it requested the High Commissioner to “prepare a compilation of practical recommendations for the creation and maintenance of a safe and enabling environment for civil society, based on good practices and lessons learned, and in this regard to continue to engage with and seek the views of States, the special procedures of the Human Rights Council, the treaty bodies, relevant United Nations bodies and agencies, regional human rights mechanisms, national human rights institutions, civil society and other stakeholders, and to submit the compilation to the Human Rights Council at its thirty-second session”.

To prepare this report, OHCHR requested input from various stakeholders, including States, relevant United Nations agencies, intergovernmental organizations, the treaty bodies, the special procedures, national human rights institutions, non-governmental organizations [See Note Verbale to Member States from 27 April 2015 (E F) and from 8 July 2015 E F]. Inputs received from stakeholders are available below.

The report has been issued as document A/HRC/32/20

Contributions from stakeholders

Member States

National Human Rights Institutions

International and Regional Organizations

UN Agencies

Civil Society actors

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*The Civic Space Initiative is a consortium of the International Centre for Not for Profit Law (ICNL), CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, ARTICLE 19, and the World Movement for Democracy.


Final report to be submitted to the thirty second session of the Human Rights Council (A/HRC/32/20) - A | C | E | F | R | S​​


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CH-1211 Geneva 10
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