Civic Space GPS 5

The closure of civic space — the sphere between business, the State and family in which citizens organize, debate and act to influence public policies and the direction of the country —  continues in Brazil. The fifth edition of Civic Space GPS bulletin consolidates an unprecedented retrospective of systematic monitoring of the national scenario by Igarapé Institute troughout 2021. The quarterly bulletin registers a total of 1.551 attacks against civic space in 2021, an average of more than 4 daily actions to stifle Brazilian democracy. At the same time, these attempts to close civic space and distance society from decision-making enacted 1.349 institutional responses and 750 actions of resistance from civil society and other groups.

In the last quarter of 2021, a total of 334 threats and attacks were published by the press and categorized according to typology to understand strategies and tactics used to attack civic space. The bulletin also identifies 241 institutional responses and 152 actions of resistence from civil society and other groups. In 16 cases the government changed its position.

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