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NGO repression as a predictor of worsening human rights abuses.

  • Academic Journal
  • Chaudhry, Suparna1 (AUTHOR)
    Heiss, Andrew2 (AUTHOR)
  • Journal of Human Rights. Apr-Jun2022, Vol. 21 Issue 2, p123-140. 18p. 1 Color Photograph, 3 Charts, 6 Graphs.
  • An increasing number of countries have recently cracked down on non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Much of this crackdown is sanctioned by law and represents a bureaucratic form of repression that could indicate more severe human rights abuses in the future. This is especially the case for democracies, which, unlike autocracies, may not aggressively attack civic space. We explore whether crackdowns on NGOs predict broader human rights repression. Anti-NGO laws are among the most subtle means of repression and attract lesser domestic and international condemnation compared to the use of violence. Using original data on NGO repression, we test whether NGO crackdown is a predictor of political terror and violations of physical integrity rights and civil liberties. We find that although de jure anti-NGO laws provide little information in predicting future repression, their patterns of implementation—or de facto civil society repression—predict worsening respect for physical integrity rights and civil liberties. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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