- the elements such as freedom of speech, an independent judiciary, etc, that make up a democratic society
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Examples from the Web for civil society
Sudanese civil-society groups are courageously pressing forward with an agenda for real change.Is Sudan’s Uprising the Beginning of the End of Omar al Bashir?
September 28, 2013
Women also work as lawyers, teachers, civil-society activists, and entrepreneurs.Afghan Women Remind World Leaders: Don't Forget Us
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
December 6, 2011