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14 March

A month before India’s elections, opposition leader Rahul Gandhi has promised that government jobs and seats would be reserved for women if his party wins. 

Prominent Venezuelan journalist Luis Carlos Díaz has been released by intelligence services after having been detained for reporting the country’s escalating political crisis. 

Thousands of Russians took to the streets of Moscow to protest against a cyber-security bill that would increase censorship and isolate Russia. 

Valeriya Mechkova and Josefine Pernes explore the development of key aspects of accountability in Southeast Asia and Southeast Africa, namely the non-electoral aspects of citizen empowerment, civil society development and media freedom. 

Sami Attalah and Sami Zoughaib analyse Lebanon’s Parliamentary elections of 2018 and explore recent trends such as women participation, the new electoral system, and party candidates. 

The West Africa Insight provides an overview of the concepts of statelessness, identity, and citizenship in West Africa and offers some reflections on efforts to implement the Abidjan Declaration on the Eradication of Statelessness. 


Aidan Eyakuze (Twaweza) on the crackdownon civic space in East Africa

Experienced civil society leader in East Africa, Aidan Eyakuze discusses the crackdown of civic space in Tanzania and highlights the challenges and the consequences for the country’s civil society.

Democracy Alive: The European Democracy Festival

From April 11-13, European Movement International, in partnership with the European Parliament, will bring together decision-makers, civil society representatives, trade unions, activists and citizens to celebrate European democracy ahead of European elections. 

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