Freedom To Advocate Survey: Irish Council for Civil Liberties

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Irish Council for Civil Liberties is reaching out to share our “Freedom to Advocate” survey which will examine the restrictions placed on the voices of community, voluntary and non-governmental organisations.

ICCL has been active in monitoring and defending the rights to freedom of expression and association of community, voluntary and non-governmental organisations since our establishment. In recent years however, we have heard disturbing reports of restrictions on advocacy and freedom of expression of organisations in receipt of state funding.

This survey will seek to gather the existing anecdotal evidence in a systematic fashion to build a case for action to prevent these infringements on key human rights. The survey findings, which will be 100% anonymous, will be a powerful tool for us to continue our work in defence of the community, voluntary and non-governmental sector. We are very grateful for the inputs and assistance of Community Work Ireland in the design of the survey.

We are very keen to ensure geographical balance in the survey findings, this is why we have reached out to all PPNs. We would be extremely grateful if you would consider sharing the survey with your networks to ensure that the voices of grassroots and local organisations across the country are heard.

We know how busy everyone in the sector is and that your time is valuable, we are therefore very grateful if you would consider sharing with your members and asking that they set aside 15-20 minutes to help us build our case against the silencing of their voices.

The survey is linked below and open for inputs until April 25th 2023:



You are of course welcome to share this with partners who may have useful inputs.


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