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NGO Repression as a Predictor of Worsening Human Rights Abuses

Suparna Chaudhry • Department of International Affairs • Lewis & Clark College
Andrew Heiss • Andrew Young School of Policy Studies • Georgia State University

Abstract

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 if 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 while formal de jure laws provide little information in predicting future repression, their patterns of implementation, or de facto civil society repression, predicts worsening respect for physical integrity rights and civil liberties.


This repository contains the data and code for our paper:

Suparna Chaudhry and Andrew Heiss. (2021). NGO Repression as a Predictor of Worsening Human Rights Abuses. Accessed July 21, 2021.

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Authors, (YYYY). NGO Repression as a Predictor of Worsening Human Rights Abuses. Name of journal/book, Accessed 21 Jul 2021. Online at https://doi.org/xxx/xxx

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