Terre des Homme, in collaboration with other signatories of the Civic Charter, has called on German Chancellor Angela Merkel to place diminishing levels of civil society space firmly on the agenda when chairing the G20 Summit in July.

All G20 member states bar Germany have recently acted to narrow civil society space or even repressed civil society violently. Peaceful and democratic civil society groups – from grassroots movements to large international organisations – and their staff have and continue to face undue vilification, threats, arrests, frozen bank accounts, revoked licenses, blocked websites, coerced registrations with government bodies, the closure of their offices and even forced disappearances.

We urge Chancellor Merkel to implore other leaders at the G20 Summit to adhere to the Civic Charter – a code explaining national governments’ obligations to secure civic rights for all people, as enshrined in UN conventions and international law.

“In signing the charter, we rejected fear, hate-mongering and bigotry. By standing up for it, Chancellor Merkel can do the same and encourage compassion, hope and understanding amongst both world leaders and the citizens they govern,” said Ignacio Packer, Secretary General of Terre des Hommes International Federation.

Sign the Civic Charter now to call for the protection of people’s ability to shape how their societies are run. Both organisations and individuals are welcome to sign.

You can read the letter to Chancellor Merkel here.