[Joint Event] People Power Under Attack – Launch Event of the CIVICUS Monitor Report 2019
22 November 2019 4:34 pm

People Power Under Attack – Launch Event of the CIVICUS Monitor Report 2019

9:30-11:30 am, Wednesday 4 December 2019

Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand,

Free Admission & light snacks will be served after the panel discussion

The event will also be live-streamed on FORUM-ASIA’s Facebook page


On 4 December 2019, several public events will be organised across the world to launch this year’s ‘People Power Under Attack’ report from the CIVICUS Monitor, an online platform tracking civic space globally. The series of events will kick off in Asia with a launch event at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club in Thailand, co-organised with FORUM-ASIA.

In 2018, according to the ‘People Power Under Attack 2018’, 94 percent of people in Asia lived in countries deemed closed, repressive or obstructed when it comes to civic space. Out of the 23 countries counted in Asia, four were deemed closed, six repressive, and ten obstructed.

So how has Asia faired in 2019? Has the region become more or less repressive? Which countries have improved or digressed? And what have been particular trends when it comes to civic space that are noticeable in the region?

Join CIVICUS and FORUM-ASIA for the launch of the global report and a discussion on the ratings and trends in Asia on Wednesday 4 December from 9:30-11:30 at the FCCT in Bangkok, Thailand.  


  • Josef Benedict, Civic Space Researcher for CIVICUS,
  • Cynthia Veliko, Regional Representative for Regional Office for South-East Asia of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), and
  • Pravit Rojanaphruk, Senior Staff Writer for Khaosod English.

About the organisers:

CIVICUS is a global alliance of civil society organisations and activists dedicated to strengthening citizen action and civil society throughout the world. The CIVICUS Monitor is a research tool that provides close to real-time data on the state of civil society and civic freedoms in 196 countries. The data is generated through a collaboration with more than 20 civil society research partners https://monitor.civicus.org/

The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) is a network of human rights organisations across Asia. FORUM-ASIA works to promote and protect human rights, including the right to development, through collaboration and cooperation among human rights organisations and defenders in Asia and beyond. FORUM-ASIA is a research partner of the CIVICUS Monitor. www.forum-asia.org