CIVICUS World Assembly in Montreal
MONTREAL, July 3, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - After the UN, it is now the turn
of CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, one of the most important international organizations dedicated to
supporting citizen action, to denounce Bill 78, a bill the organization
says shows "that the challenges of state pushback against protest…are
not limited to developing countries and those without elected
governments." It should be noted that it is in Montreal that CIVICUS
will be holding its World Assembly in September, in collaboration with
the Institut du Nouveau Monde (INM).
"The special law—Bill 78—that has been introduced to limit strictly
assembly of more than 50 people, flies in the face of accepted good
practice about laws to regulate and enable citizen action. The new law
was also introduced in a hasty manner with minimal consultation,"
declares Henri Valot, Outreach Director for CIVICUS, an organization whose mission is to
strengthen citizen action and civil society throughout the world.
CIVICUS also stated its support for the call made by its Montreal-based
partner, the Institut du Nouveau Monde, for the creation of an
independent consultative commission on university financing and access
to higher learning to help find a solution amenable to the different
camps in the Quebec conflict.
All this makes the holding of the 2012 CIVICUS World Assembly in
Montreal from September 3 through 7 especially timely. This major
international gathering will bring together leading organizations along
with government representatives, local authorities, parliamentarians,
traditional and social media, multilateral institutions, academics,
civil society and young innovators.
The CIVICUS World Assembly will provide an opportunity for knowledge
sharing, for example, by permitting Quebec activists and concerned
citizens to meet with key players from the Arab Spring and new European
For further information, visit the CIVICUS website (www.civicusassembly.org).
SOURCE INSTITUT DU NOUVEAU MONDE
For further information:
Source: Institut du Nouveau Monde and CIVICUS
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