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Pandemic saw rise in threats to civil society NGOs

The EU Agency for Fundamental Rights said on Wednesday the pandemic has exacerbated the day-to-day challenges that civil society faces, as many organisations saw their work conditions deteriorate. About 40 percent of the 400 human rights civil society organisations consulted say they have received threats online, while 10 percent experienced legal harassment. Additionally, over half (60 percent) said they have faced difficulties in finding funding for their work.

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Italy on edge as neo-fascists stir violence

Neo-fascist groups are planning new protests in Rome after last weekend's riots, in a heady climate in which the pandemic and immigration have fuelled extremist feeling.

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