Friend not Foe: Opening Spaces for Civil Society Engagement to Prevent Violent Extremism

Friend Not Foe

May 2011 – Restrictive counterterrorism measures are having unintended negative effects on human rights defenders and civil society activists in many countries. This study traces the many harmful impacts of overly broad measures adopted in the name of fighting terrorism—from armed repression to restrictions on the ability of civil society groups to operate and receive funding. The report includes case studies from Colombia, Kenya, Manipur, and Mindanao, and new material on gender impacts and the militarization of aid. Friend not Foe emphasizes the positive contributions civil society can make in ameliorating the conditions that give rise to violent extremism.

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