Share best practices to promote & protect the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
Source: United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
The Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and Association
is calling for input on best practices to promote and protect these
rights. Inputs will be incorporated into his report to the UN Human
Rights Council and the deadline to submit is 20 January 2012.
Lend your voice
Youth in action: A snapshot of democracy
Source: World Youth Movement for Democracy
After receiving hundreds of submissions, 15 semi-finalists of the World
Youth Movement for Democracy’s Global Photo Contest “Youth in Action: A
Snapshot of Democracy” have been selected. Now, it is time for you to
have a say and select your favourite photos!
Three days to save our dying planet
Our oceans are dying, our air changing and our forests and grasslands
turning to deserts. From fish and plants to wildlife and human beings,
we are killing the planet that sustains us and fast. There is one
single greatest cause of this destruction of the natural world --
climate change-- and in the next 3 days, we have a chance to stop it.
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Extreme poverty is violence: Breaking the silence(26 January 2012, UNESCO House, Paris)
Source: International Movement ATD Fourth World
This colloquium ties in with on-going debates on achieving the
Millennium Development Goals and the nature of a possible successor
framework after 2015. It will give participants the opportunity to
learn more about links between extreme poverty and violence and to
share their own experience and expertise in this field.
Prospect Research & Management Officer
(Application deadline: 16 December 2011)
for Women International
The Prospect Research & Management Coordinator will lead efforts to
research funding prospects including: researching and identifying
donor prospects, communicating those prospects to the department;
tracking donors and prospects and managing the donor pipeline; and
recommending funding opportunities.
(Application deadline: 23 December 2011)
The Project Coordinator will mainly coordinate the establishment,
operations and sustainability of the 5 francophone Advocacy and Legal
Advice Centres in Madagascar, Mauritius, Niger, Senegal and
RegionalHR Partners for Asia Pacific and Africa Madagascar (Application deadline 31 December 2011)
Source: WWF International
The incumbents will be responsible for providing strategic HR guidance
and support to WWF International’s Programme Offices in their region.
They will work under the supervision of the Head of HR Services &
Field Support based in the Secretariat, implementing best-practice
policies for talent acquisition and retention, compensation and
benefits, staff development, performance management and leadership
Director (Application deadline 02 January 2012)
Source: Transparency & Accountability Initiative
We are seeking to recruit an exceptional candidate with a proven
ability to lead teams, interact with high-level stakeholders, and
deliver results. You will possess exceptional interpersonal skills,
especially communications and relationship management. An ability to
work independently and perform as a self-starter who can take
initiative with minimal supervision is essential, as is an ability to
work under pressure and on a range of tasks while meeting deadlines.
Managing Director (Application deadline 08 January 2012)
Source: Publish What You Fund
Dynamic and passionate leader needed for global campaign organisation
focusing on international transparency of aid. This role involves
strategic leadership of a small, driven and enthusiastic team, public
representation and liaison with key campaign partners.
Senior Analyst (Application deadline 13 January 2012)
Source: Mo Ibrahim Foundation
The Mo Ibrahim Foundation is looking to recruit a highly competent,
proactive and self-driven person to fill the position of Senior
Analyst. Working in close collaboration with the small Research
Department she/he will contribute to the effective and efficient
production and delivery of the Ibrahim Index and Ibrahim Forum.
Legal Officer (Application deadline 15 January 2012)
The Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa (IHRDA) is
seeking to recruit a Legal Officer with litigation, legal research and
drafting skills, along with a knowledge of and familiarity with the
African human rights system.
Director (Application Deadline January 31 2012)
Source: Community in Action
Community in Action is a grassroots non-profit non-governmental
organisation (NGO) located in one of Rio de Janeiro’s largest favela
(slum) communities. Our mission is to offer vocational and cultural
classes for students of all ages, as well as personal development
opportunities for volunteers.
Professionalism, organisation, seriousness, work and creativity do payHenri Valot, CIVICUS' Director Of Outreach writes of “Things seen” in Busan
Netsanet Belay and I represented CIVICUS at the last OECD High Level
Forum 4 on aid effectiveness in Busan, South Korea. We spent 10 days in
this surprising and impressive country (one of the poorest Asian
countries 50 years ago and the 15th largest economy of the world today)
and participated in the Busan Civil Society Forum (26-28 November),
together with 500 civil society representatives and the official event
(29 November - 1 December), where 300 of us were accredited.
The Civil Society Forum, jointly organised by Better Aid, the Open
Forum and our host Kofid, helped to prepare for the OECD event.
Plenaries and workshops were used to finalise engagement strategies. A
diverse crowd, representing the whole spectrum of civil society and 100
countries, was there: trade unions, peasant and farmer organisations,
women’s organisation, youth, indigenous people, large NGOs,
transnational social movements and others. The OECD event was much
bigger, with 3000 participants. Civil society was there: in the
plenaries, in the thematic events, in the workshops and most
importantly in the negotiating room!
We will need some time to assess collectively our success in Busan. And
we actually are in this awkward position: we are eager to criticize a
text (the Busan Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation),
that we contributed to author. We are as much in the tent as we are out.
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2011 - The year of voluntary action
International Volunteer Day, and the culmination of the 10th
anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers, offers an
opportunity to emphasise the important role of volunteerism in civic
Crisis Response Fund
From the Arab Spring to the Occupy Wall Street protests, 2011 will be
remembered as the year we realised the power we hold to change the
world. It is the year that ordinary people became human rights
activists. It is the year that you and I stood up and demanded to be
counted. With this great power in our hands comes a responsibility to
each other.We now ask you to join our fight.
The Human Rights situation in the Syria Arab Republic
CIVICUS commends the timely report of the Independent Commission of
Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic and would like to point out that
the report clearly details how Syrian security forces have, since the
start of the nationwide protests, repeatedly and indiscriminately used
firearms to kill and maim hundreds of demonstrators for merely
exercising their right to peaceful protest.
16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence: 16 stories to raise awareness and use technology to end gender-based violence
CIVICUS has joined with the Crisis Coalition In Zimbabwe and Women's
Net to recognise the 16 days of activism against gender violence by
telling 16 stories to raise awareness and use technology to end
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Pouvoir au people - le pouvoirest le notre (Power to the People, the power is ours)
Reflections from COP 17 by Samir Abi(en Français)
Mes premiers mots zulu appris aujourd’hui à la grande marche pour la
justice climatique qui a réunie 10 000 militant-e-s ce midi à Durban.
L’émotion était au rendez-vous. Partager ces moments avec des
militant-e-s qui la plupart ont fait leurs premières armes dans la
lutte contre l’apartheid.
Voices from COP17
CIVICUS has collected short interviews with many of those attending COP17 in Durban. Check them out on our YouTube channel.
Watch the videos
Echoes from Durban: Civil society leaders say we are living in a “crime scene”
On 3 December 2011, thousands of citizens descended on the streets of
Durban to call on governments to take action on climate change while
negotiators struggled to reach an agreement during COP 17 talks.
Climate justice activists attacked
Report on the Global Day of Action by Rehad Desai
Mike Sutcliffe, the City Manager of Durban Metro was forced to back
down on his insistence over four months that theGlobal Day of Action
against climate change march would only comprise 100 people. Failing in
that attempt he went on to insist that the march route stay out of
Durban central business district. He then reneged as CI7’s lawyers
pushed him into a corner, where he was forced to accept the march route
that was originally proposed by civil society.
Voices from Busan
BetterAid statement on the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation
Source: Better Aid
The Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (HLF4) has come to a
close and the 18 Sherpas elected to represent a wide group of
stakeholders, including civil society, reached an agreement on the
Busan Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation. Civil society
organizations, through the Better Aid platform, react to the document.
Busan Partnership a compromise, says civil society
Source: Open Forum for Development Effectiveness
"By participating in high level negotiations on aid and development for
the first time, people’s organisations can take credit for cementing
democratic ownership and human rights in the Busan Outcome Document –
but more works needs to be done on advancing favourable conditions for
civil society," said Open Forum co-chair Emele Duituturaga in response
to the newly agreed Busan Partnership for Effective Development
Busan skirts gender equality
Gender champions have lauded the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid
Effectiveness for providing gender equality and the empowerment of
women a special session, but there is dissatisfaction with Thursday’s
Busan outcome document. Although the document alluded to gender
equality, experts feel that the scope is narrow and does not really
touch the core issues that can be catalytic to the empowerment of
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Russia: Respect right to peaceful protest
Source: Human Rights Watch
As protests in Moscow escalate, the authorities are still failing to
comply with their human rights obligations. In particular the
authorities’ response continues to violate rights of freedom of
assembly, expression, liberty, and security as well as due process
rights. On the night of 6 December, after an unsanctioned protest on
Triumfalnaya Sq., almost 600 people, according to official records,
were detained by police and taken to various police precincts around
Nigerian bill criminalises more than just gay people
The Nigerian Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, which must pass the
House of Representatives and be signed by the president before becoming
law, would diminish the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and
transgendered Nigerians even further, as banning same-sex marriages and
civil unions is just the tip of the iceberg. "Any person who registers,
operates or participates in gay clubs, societies and organisation, or
directly or indirectly make public show of same sex amorous
relationship in Nigeria" is liable to be imprisoned for 10 years, the
U.S. inaction on climate is "criminal", activists say
The United States' delegation at the 17th annual Conference of the
Parties (COP) on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate
Change (UN FCC) in Durban, South Africa has come under heavy fire from
civil society leaders and activists around the globe for standing in
the way of real solutions to climate change.
Syrian blogger arrested as crackdown continues
Source: Amnesty International
The arrest of a prominent Syrian-American blogger, apparently for her
peaceful pro-reform activities, is another step backwards for the
Syrian regime, Amnesty International said today.Razan Ghazzawi, aged
31, was arrested by Syrian immigration police at the Syrian-Jordanian
border on Sunday. She was on her way to the Jordanian capital, Amman,
to attend a workshop on media freedom in the Arab world.
African NGO abandons diamond vetting scheme
Source: OneWorld South Asia
An NGO Global Witness has left the Kimberley Process over its failure
to address violence driven by diamond trade in African countries. The
Kimberley Process is an international certification scheme established
in 2003 to stop trade of blood diamonds.
Systematic intimidation of Somali trade unionists
Source: International Trade Union Confederation
According to information received by the ITUC, on Wednesday 16
November, the Somali Minister of Labour instructed the Director of his
Cabinet to write to the Somali Criminal Investigations Department
(CID), to report "illegal activities" of Somali trade unions, in order
for criminal investigations to be initiated. The ITUC has supported the
National Union of Somali Journalist (NUSOJ), which is affiliated to the
International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), in its strong protest
against the systematic intimidation of Somali trade unionists.
"If women donot get their rights, this is not a democracy"
Source: Women’s Learning Partnership
In the weeks leading up to Monday’s historic election in Egypt, the
Women’s Learning Partnership talked with leading Egyptian women’s
rights activist Amal Abdel Hadi about the upcoming elections and the
future of women’s rights in the country.
Africa can make significant progress towards the MDGs
Source: The Guardian
Rapid progress towards the millennium development goals is achievable
for Africa through harnessing the interaction that is already taking
place between citizens and the state.
NGOs: Is the dream over?
Source: Alliance Magazine
After a long decade of growth and international recognition of the role
of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in fostering democracy,
advancing social justice and participating in public policies, just to
name a few, there are signs that the times are changing. Are Brazil and
Israel just the tipping point of a broader phenomenon or isolated cases?
2011 CIVICUS World Assembly report
Over 800 people attended the 2011 CIVICUS World Assembly discussions on
“Civil Society and Global Decision Making: Doing It Better”. Find out
more about the event in the final report available in English and
Download the report
United Nations Volunteering releases report on the global state of volunteering
Source: United Nations Volunteers
The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme launchedthe very first
State of the World’s Volunteerism Report (SWVR) on 5 December 2011.
Download the report
Saudi Arabia: Protesters and reformists targeted in name of security
Source: Amnesty International
The last nine months has seen a new wave of repression in Saudi Arabia
as authorities have cracked down on protesters and reformists on
security grounds, Amnesty International said this week. In a new report
“Saudi Arabia: Repression in the Name of Security”, the organisation
says hundreds of people have been arrested for demonstrating, while the
government has drafted an anti-terror law that would effectively
criminalise dissent as a "terrorist crime” and further strip away
rights from those accused of such offences.
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Outing the Oligarchy: Billionaires who benefit from today’s climate crisis
Source: The International Forum on Globalisation
The International Forum on Globalisation (IFG) released a special
report entitled “Outing the Oligarchy: Billionaires Who Benefit From
Today’s Climate Crisis,” which identifies the world’s wealthiest 50
individuals whose investments benefit from climate change and whose
influence networks block efforts to phase out pollution from fossil
Call for Proposals: Civic education and e-learning course
Source: Commonwealth Foundation
The Commonwealth Foundation is currently inviting proposals for
organisations on civic education and e-learning. Applicants should have
extensive knowledge of civic education for adults and/or extensive
knowledge of e-learning course development for adult audiences.
Ford Motor Company International Fellowship
Source: 92nd Street Y
The 2013 Ford Motor Company International Fellowship of 92nd Street Y
is accepting applications from community leaders who are citizens and
residents of China, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Honduras, India, Israel,
Lesotho, Nepal, Nicaragua, South Africa and Swaziland.
Call for proposals for small grants to civil society organisations in
Zambia, Swaziland, Lesotho, Botswana, Malawi and South Africa
Source: Freedom House Southern Africa
Through our Justice as a Right in Southern Africa program, Freedom
House Southern Africa (FHSA) is responding to a range of growing
threats to the rule of law in the region. FHSA is launching this call
for proposals for small grants to civil society organisations in
Zambia, Swaziland, Lesotho, Botswana, Malawi and South Africa.
UN Women’s call for proposals for the UN Trust Fund
Source: Funds for NGOs
On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of
Violence against Women on 25 November, UN Women announced the
availability of grant support to NGOs under the United Nations Trust
Fund to End Violence against Women.
Call for Applications: Oxford OSCF Scholarship Programme
Source: Open Society Foundation and Oxford University
Open Society Foundations in association with the University of Oxford
is inviting applications for the scholarship program 2012-13 to provide
outstanding students an opportunity to pursue one-year taught
postgraduate courses of study at the University of Oxford in subjects
relevant to the needs of their countries
Call for Research Proposals
Source: Transparency and Accountability Initiative
Transparency and Accountability Initiative (T/AI) is currently inviting
multi-year researchproposals from research or evaluation institutions
or consortia on the impact of T/A interventions. The Bill & Melinda
Gates Foundation, the UK Department for International Development, and
the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation will fund the research work.
The overall objective of this research initiative is to enhance
knowledge and understanding about T/A interventions.