This report aims to help CSOs to recognise and expose impacts and tactics of anti-rights groups and to get detailed strategies to counter anti-rights movements, hate speech and disinformation with a variety of examples and cases.
Anti-rights groups have risen in prominence and are now a key part of the repression of civil society space – civic space – seen in most countries of the world. In some contexts, civil society reports that their main threat comes not from arms of the state but from anti-rights groups.
The report mentions key strategies to fight back against different anti-rights groups. These include a collective working between different parts of civil society but also collaboration with political parties, states and other groups who potentially are sceptical about anti-rights movements. Further startegies are a more effective advocacy to counter disinformation and hate speech, building connections to the public, including mass mobilisations and counter-protests and furthermore the reclaiming human rights language from the civil society sector.