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Webinar on "Humanitarian Crisis in Afghanistan & its ramifications for the region"

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Innovation for Change - South Asia Hub

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Topic: The Humanitarian Crisis in Afghanistan & its ramifications for the region

Time: Feb 18, 2022 02:30 PM Bangkok

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Meeting ID: 968 7607 0522

Passcode: 492687



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This webinar "Humanitarian Crisis in Afghanistan & its ramifications for the region" will have 3 panelists who will discuss the popular narratives in mainstream media surrounding Afghanistan, experiences of Afghans in understanding the drastic change in civic space, and the new changes the Taliban regime brings for the region.

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I4C South Asia Hub is a platform for civil society organizations, Human Rights Defenders, journalists, activists, and art-ivists across the region of South Asia to come together in solving issues facing civic spaces.

Over the past decades, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have become important actors for delivery of social services and implementation of development programs, as a complement to government action. From poverty reduction initiatives to women empowerment and protection of children, from defending human rights to promoting new and alternative technologies, from watchdog functions that include election monitoring to monitoring abuses in public decision making, from linking with the corporate sector to promote socially responsible business to strengthening and capacity building of grassroots organisations: their contribution to social, political, cultural and economic development has been significant

Yet, across the globe, and especially in South Asia, governments are becoming increasingly opposed to the contribution of civil societies. Their raison d’etre—bringing citizens together to give voice to the marginalised, providing alternative policies and narratives, and monitoring the functioning of governments—is now being perceived as a threat. As a corollary, governments have been tightening their control over CSOs and suffocating the democratic civic spaces in countries of South Asia.

The increased scrutiny, bureaucratic hurdles, selective application of laws and often draconian legislations, are damaging the vibrancy of civil societies. At times, heinous attacks in the form of unlawful detention, custodial deaths and extra-judicial killings have also been reported. There are cases as well of assassinations by proxy non-state actors and the government’s complicity through a culture of impunity. A climate of suffocation and fear is enveloping civil societies of South Asia, though their forms vary across national borders.


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