Civic Space and International Human Rights: instruments, strategies, and partners

Datum: 17 december 2019

Civic Space Conference - 17th of December, 13.30-17.00 hrs,

Venue: New World Campus, the Hague


Development is a precondition for the achievement of human rights, and human rights are necessary for development. Human rights and development cooperation, however, have long been seen as separate policy fields. In a recent advisory report to the Dutch government, the AIV states that the Dutch government could do more to integrate SDG and human rights policy and actions. And as civil society plays an important role in the SDG partnership,  combating shrinking civic space should be an integral part of human rights and development policies. Interaction between development and human rights organisations also remains an ongoing challenge, according to the AIV.  How can we strengthen the cooperation on an integrated agenda of development and human rights: within civil society, the Ministry and with private sector parties?


How can we make better use of international human rights mechanisms to protect and expand civic space so that local civil society can play their indispensable role advocating for and the monitoring of the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals? A conference to learn and strengthen strategic cooperation on the civic space agenda in the run-up to the new civil subsidy program of the NL MFA.



  • Ines M. Pousadela, an Uruguayan civil society activist and researcher working for  CIVICUS. Based on her report ‘Against the anti-Rights Wave’, she will talk about  human right violations, targeted restriction of civic space and other latest developments in relation to civil society activism, share an update on the situation in Latin-America and present her views on what global civil society could and should do give agency to local voices and strengthen civil societies countervailing power.

  • Nicole Sprokel, Amnesty International The Netherlands: She will show how better use could be made of existing International Human Rights Instruments,  

  • Bahia Tahzib-Lie, The Netherlands Human Rights Ambassador. She will reflect on the AIV advice, talk about the integration of SDG and human rights policy and actions in the foreign policy of  The Dutch government and share her thoughts on the cooperation of the Ministry with civil society on an integrated agenda. 



13.00 hrs - Doors open and registration

13.30 hrs - Opening of the Plenary Meeting

15.15 hrs - Coffee & Tea

15.30  hrs - Start Workshops

16.45 hrs - Plenary report back, conclusions

17.00 hrs - Closure and network drinks. 


To attend this event you can sign up through the following link. (opens in Eventbrite)



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