Stifled free expression in first-world countries is now a human rights matter for the United Nations.

A UN human rights office is concerned that citizens in the “Global North” (e.g. Canada, the US, the UK, Australia, New Zealand) have a “shrinking space” for debate on issues of gender and gender identity.

“I am concerned by the shrinking space in several countries in the Global North for women and feminist organizations and their allies to gather and/or express themselves peacefully in demanding respect for their needs based on their sex and/or sexual orientation,” wrote Reem Alsalem, the UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women and girls.

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