Shrinking Civic Space in Africa: Lessons from Uganda


Tuesday, February 15, 2022, 4:00pm to 5:00pm


Virtual Event (Registration Required)

In this talk, Nicholas Opiyo — Carr Center Fellow, Scholar at Risk, and Human Rights Lawyer in Uganda — will analyze and explore the state arguments that have been made for limitations on the civic space in Africa. Throughout the discussion, he will trace relevant trends and examine the role of the international community in Africa’s political spheres. Noting that there are possible ways to push back against the shrinking of civic space, Opiyo will suggest new ways for civil society to organize effectively. 


  • Nicholas Opiyo | Carr Center, Fellow; Scholar at Risk, Harvard Kennedy School 
  • Sushma Raman (Moderator) | Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Executive Director

Nicholas Opiyo is a Ugandan human rights lawyer commonly known for campaigning civil rights and political freedoms in Uganda specifically electoral law, the restriction of freedom of assembly, and the clampdown on freedom of speech and freedom of the press.He is also known for representing LGBTQ+ people.He is the current Executive Director and Lead Attorney at Chapter Four Uganda. Mr. Opiyo received the German Africa Prize in 2017,Voices for Justice Award from Human Rights Watch in 2015 and the European Union Parliament Sakharov Fellows Prize in 2016. Mr. Opiyo was the 2015 recipient of the Alison Des Forges award for extraordinary activism.

Virtual Event Details

  • This event will be livestreamed on YouTube Live. Attendees registered for this event (link below) will receive a link for the livestream 1 hour before the event where you can participate in the live chat and ask questions during the event.

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