‘Never underestimate, never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed individuals can change the world. Indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.’
With this inspiring quote by Margaret Mead, Ben Hayes of Statewatch introduces us to a discussion about people power, explaining how counter-terrorism legislation is used to crackdown on civil society and suppress social movements.
‘In many countries, it’s much easier to set up a company than it is to set up an NGO’.
But, how about we stop thinking about oppressive, undemocratic governments, somewhere far far away and look beyond that into the foundations of the system.
With his research, Ben Hayes exposes the role of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), one of the most powerful intergovernmental institution, in promoting suppressive to civil society regulations all around the world.