Right to Participate

In many countries, activists face increasing restrictions on their freedom to campaign for an extractive industry that serves all citizens’ interests.

What we do?

In many countries, activists face increasing restrictions on their freedom to campaign for an extractive industry that serves all citizens’ interests. Even in some EITI implementing countries, environmental, human rights and anti-corruption activists are threatened with violence and arrest. Yet without effective civil society participation in decision-making processes, extraction will never meet the needs of the people.

In response, PWYP campaigns internationally for civil society freedom in countries where abuses are occurring. We help our members develop strategies of resistance and resilience against closing “civic space”, including through robust support networks and fundraising to enable greater international collaboration. We promote civil society’s right to be part of decision making, including through the EITI, so the authorities see activists not as a threat, but as partners in a public dialogue to ensure that extraction benefits everyone.

Who is working on this?

You’ll find the members engaging on this area of work here.

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