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March 14, 2018

Philippines: Indigenous rights activists at risk after being tagged as ‘terrorists’

The government in the Philippines has officially labelled a number of local indigenous rights activists, as well as a United Nations Special Rapporteur, as…
March 10, 2018

Statement to the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights: Countries on the civic space watchlist

in Geneva

37th Session of the Human Rights Council Oral statement at Interactive Dialogue with UN High Commissioner on Human Rights CIVICUS commends the High Commissioner…
March 10, 2018

Statement at the UN Human Rights Council: Global trends on civic space

in Geneva

37th Session of the Human Rights Council Oral statement Across the globe, CIVICUS has observed a pattern of judicial persecution, smear campaigns, threats, intimidation,…
March 08, 2018

It is #TimesUp for sexual harassment, including within civil society

This is a significant time to be calling for greater progress in the fight against gender inequality and sexual abuse.
March 06, 2018

Civil society tackling global challenges with ‘resolute resistance,’ says new report

As 2017 gave way to 2018, many in civil society found renewed purpose in striving to make democracy real, and demanding human dignity and…
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…


Decisive leadership needed from SADC to address DRC crisis

By David Kode The announcement of a date for general elections in a country roiled in political conflict and ruled by an unpopular leader should be regarded as a positive move. But not so in the…

Russia’s presidential election: a decline in citizen rights

By Natalia Taubina and Bobbie Jo Traut The re-election of Vladimir Putin has been preceded by a significant crackdown on freedom of assembly and rule of law. The CIVICUS Monitor, which tracks and rates civil society conditions…

Citizen rights and the upcoming presidential elections in Africa

By David Kode It is a big year for democracy on the African continent. Millions will head to the polls in at least eight presidential elections. In many of these countries there are big aspirations for…

Why Bahraini rights activists need international support

By Tor Hodenfield Last month - specifically, 14 February - marked the seventh anniversary of the peaceful protests that swept across Bahrain in 2011, calling for an end to authoritarian rule. Since the popular uprisings, however,…

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


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