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Compedium of laws on the Civic Space in Kenya

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Civic space has been described as the cornerstone of a democratic society- an open civic space enables citizens and civil society organizations (CSOs) to “organize, participate and communicate “without arbitrary interference. The global phenomenon of ‘closing’ civic space is characterized by a prevalent trend of repressive laws and practices “designed to prevent people from organizing, speaking out, and engaging in democratic rights and duties.” There are three fundamental freedoms that delineate the parameters of civic space- freedoms of assembly, expression, and association. The ability of CSOS to operate freely is predicated on these freedoms. Furthermore, recognition of the autonomy of CSOs and the existence of laws and regulations that are “predictable, transparent and free from political interference” undergirds the ability of CSOs to operate without undue restrictions.4 In our society, it is critical to broaden the conversation to democratic space and thus include the adversely affected actors within and outside the State
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