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February 23, 2018

Joint Letter to UN: Strengthen and renew the mandate of the Commission on Human Rights…

in Geneva

To Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Geneva RE: Renewing and strengthening the mandate of the…
February 21, 2018

Iran: free Baquer Namazi on second anniversary of his arbitrary detention

Two years ago, this week, human rights champion Baquer Namazi was arbitrarily arrested and detained by the authorities as he arrived in Iran to…
February 16, 2018

Another puzzling break-in prompts Uganda CSO to move operations to police station

CIVICUS speaks to Human Rights Awareness and Protection Forum (HRAPF) executive director Adrian Jjuuko (pictured) after their offices were broken into recently. He also…
February 15, 2018

Uganda: CIVICUS condemns another break-in at the office of HRAPF

Global civil society alliance CIVICUS condemns recent attacks on the premises of the Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum (HRAPF) in Uganda which left…
February 14, 2018

Bahrain: On 7th anniversary of beginning of popular movement, NGOs call for end to systematic…

Arabic On the 7th anniversary of the peaceful popular movement of the Bahraini people which started on 14 February 2011, the undersigned NGOs call…
February 12, 2018

The two borderless challenges of our time: Migration and climate change

in News

Civil society response to the Zero Draft of the UN´s Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration  There are over a quarter billion migrants…


Peers and Partners: Empowering Children To Take Civic Action and Engage in Open Government

By Tor Hodenfield, CIVICUS, and Ulrika Cilliers, Save the Children In 2015, 264 million primary and secondary age children and youth were out of school. In 2016, 5.6 million children died before their fifth birthday, mostly…

Five key battles for re-imagining democracy in a radically changed world

By Danny Sriskandarajah The challenges facing civil society now aren’t about reviving our weakening democracies—they are about re-imagining democracy for a radically changed world. Read on: Open Global Rights

Global challenges, local responses

By Danny Sriskandarajah and Mandeep Tiwana We are facing a global emergency of civic space. This is now a universal phenomenon, no longer restricted to autocracies and fragile democracies. While there is growing interest in the…

The Press and the New President: A Review of Freedom of Speech in Kyrgyzstan

By Ann-Sofie Nyman and Bobbie Jo Traut In November, Kyrgyzstan inaugurated its new president Sooronbay Jeenbekov who has promised to continue the previous presidential administration’s policies. This does not bode well for independent journalists and other critical…

Internet shutdowns: the “new normal” in government repression?

By David Kode The Ethiopian government is among at least 30 administrations that have disrupted or shut down domestic internet access in the past two years, in order to restrict communications related to dissent, citizen action…

What future for civil society in Zimbabwe?

By Teldah Mawarire and David Kode During the stand-off between the military and President Mugabe that led to his historic resignation, there was reason for hope. Zimbabwe's civil society must now re-invent itself to ensure this…


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