February 14, 2020

CHINA: ‘Its international role both originates in and enables domestic political control’

CIVICUS speaks about China’s growing international role with Sharon Hom, Executive Director of Human Rights in China (HRIC), Adjunct Professor of Law at the…
February 14, 2020

#UN75: ‘Commitments to the Women, Peace and Security agenda are going unfulfilled’

2020 marks 75 years since the founding of the United Nations (UN). CIVICUS is speaking with civil society activists, advocates and practitioners about the…
February 13, 2020

Myanmar: Lift Internet Restrictions in Rakhine and Chin States

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Mobile internet blackout in four townships in Rakhine State among the world’s longest running.
February 12, 2020

‘Chile has entirely privatised water, which means that theft is institutionalised’

  Following a year marked by massive mobilisation on the climate emergency, CIVICUS is interviewing civil society activists, leaders and experts about the main…
February 12, 2020

Philippines: Raids on NGO offices, arbitrary arrests of activists and freezing of accounts

CIVICUS, the global civil society alliance, is extremely concerned about a crackdown against activists and progressive groups in the region of Eastern Visayas by…
February 11, 2020

BOLIVIA: ‘We empower young people so they can lead the climate movement’

Following a year marked by massive mobilisation on the climate emergency, CIVICUS is interviewing civil society activists, leaders and experts about the main environmental…
February 10, 2020

South Sudan: UN must extend mandate of reporting mission

in Geneva

To: Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the United Nations Human Rights Council Re: The UN Human Rights Council should extend the…
February 10, 2020

HONG KONG: ‘This is a leader-full movement, ran by countless small networks of talented people’

CIVICUS speaks about the protests that have rocked Hong Kong since June 2019 with Johnson Ching-Yin Yeung, democracy movement organiser and chairperson of the…
February 07, 2020

BOLIVIA: ‘Civil society, like political society, is deeply divided’

CIVICUS speaks about the 2019 protests and elections in Bolivia with Eliana Quiroz, Executive Director of Fundación Internet Bolivia (Bolivia Internet Foundation), an organisation…
February 06, 2020

ANTI-RIGHTS GROUPS: ‘Protesting once is not enough; we need to fight back every single day’

Following our 2019 special report on anti-rights groups and civil society responses, we are interviewing civil society activists and leaders about their experiences of…
February 05, 2020

#UN75: ‘The system is slow and not at all agile’

2020 marks 75 years since the founding of the United Nations (UN). CIVICUS is speaking with civil society activists, advocates and practitioners about the…
February 04, 2020

#UN75: ‘It is time for the UN to be bold again!’

2020 marks 75 years since the founding of the United Nations (UN). CIVICUS is speaking with civil society activists, advocates and practitioners about the…
February 03, 2020

#UN75: ‘The Human Rights Council has made a positive difference in addressing human rights violations’

2020 marks 75 years since the founding of the United Nations (UN). CIVICUS is speaking with civil society activists, advocates and practitioners about the…
January 31, 2020

Pakistan: Release activists from Pashtun movement

To: Dr Shireen M Mazari, Federal Minister for Human Rights Ministry of Human Rights Re: Concerns regarding arrests of Pashtun activists and supporters Your…
January 30, 2020

#UN75: ‘Governments use the UN to sanitise their image before the international community’

2020 marks 75 years since the founding of the United Nations (UN). CIVICUS is speaking with civil society activists, advocates and practitioners about the…
January 29, 2020

SPAIN: ‘Democratic rules are being used to promote an anti-rights ideology’

CIVICUS speaks about the recent election in Spain with Núria Valls, president of the Ibero-American League of Civil Society Organisations (Liga Iberoamericana), a platform…
January 28, 2020

PAKISTAN: ‘I was told the people who detained me were from the Army Intelligence Agency’

CIVICUS speaks with Mohammed Ismail, a longstanding member of CIVICUS’ Affinity Group of National Associations (AGNA), a network of 90 national and regional civil…
January 27, 2020

The Republic at 71: faced with an unbending government, Indians continue to speak out

in Op-Eds

By Lysa John Berna, Secretary-General of CIVICUS and Mandeep Singh Tiwana Chief Programmes Officer at CIVICUS A respected woman social activist and political leader beaten and…
January 22, 2020

Activists call on elite at World Economic Forum to declare climate emergency

Open Letter from Activist Leaders World Economic Forum Delegates ‘Activist Leaders Call on World Economic Forum Delegates to Declare Climate Emergency’ We #StandTogether with…
January 21, 2020

CUBA: ‘Dissidents are in the millions; there aren't enough jail cells for so many people’

CIVICUS speaks with Juan Antonio Blanco, director of the Cuban Observatory of Conflicts (Observatorio Cubano de Conflictos), an autonomous civil society project supported by…
January 20, 2020

#UN75: ‘Human rights are at the centre of multilateral diplomacy’

  2020 marks 75 years since the founding of the United Nations (UN). CIVICUS is speaking with civil society activists, advocates and practitioners about…
January 16, 2020

Laos: Letter to UN Member States ahead of human rights review

in Geneva

Open Letter: UN member states must highlight Laos’s severely restrictive civic space environment at its upcoming UN human rights review Your Excellency, As you…
January 16, 2020

Counter-terrorism laws provide a smokescreen for civil society restrictions

in Op-Eds

By Susan Wilding, Head of Geneva Office at CIVICUS In all regions of the world, spontaneous people’s movements are demanding better governance, rule of law…
January 13, 2020

Why we are not engaging with the G20’s civil society process in 2020

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العربية The annual G20 summit often seems like a talking shop for the world’s most powerful governments. The leaders of 19 of the largest…
January 10, 2020

Dakar Rally community must #StandWithSaudiHeroes

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The Dakar Rally (formerly known as the Paris-Dakar Rally) is an annual off-road endurance rally organized by the French company Amaury Sport Organisation (A.S.O).…
January 10, 2020

Urgent Request for UN Intervention in the case of activist in Tanzania

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Mr. Michel Forst United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders Professor Rémy Ngoy Lumbu African Commission Special Rapporteur on Human…
January 09, 2020

Here’s how civil society can push rising hate back to the fringes

in Op-Eds

By Andrew Firmin, editor-in-chief of CIVICUS Our efforts as civil society will work best when paired with mass mobilisations that demonstrate popular support for rights…
January 06, 2020

2019 Was a Dark Year for Civic Freedoms in Asia

in Op-Eds

By Josef Benedict, civic space research officer at CIVICUS The assault on fundamental freedoms and civil society is escalating across the globe. Over the…
January 06, 2020

CHILE: ‘There's radical discontent with how the country's been ruled for decades’

Protests broke out in Chile in October 2019, initially led by students rejecting an increase in the price of transport and quickly escalating into…
December 23, 2019

Cambodia: Charges against journalists must be dropped

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Joint Statement: Civil society organizations call for all baseless charges against journalists to be dropped We, the undersigned media institutions and local and international…
December 19, 2019

Re: Cambodia’s Law on Trade Unions and Cases Against Union Leaders

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Prime Minister Samdech Hun SenGovernment Peace Building, No. 38Confederation Russia Blvd (110)Phnom PenhCambodia Dear Prime Minister, We, the undersigned Cambodian and international civil society…
December 18, 2019

‘Due to the communications blockade in Kashmir, news of protests went largely underreported’

On 5 August 2019, the government of India revoked Articles 370 and 35A of the Constitution, which guaranteed the autonomous status and rights of…
December 17, 2019

Groups call for respect for peaceful protest in Colombia

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December 9 marked the 18th day of peaceful nationwide protests by labor unions, students, peace activists, Afro-Colombians, indigenous, victims, women, farmers negatively impacted by…
December 17, 2019

India: Excessive force used by police to crackdown on protests against citizenship law

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CIVICUS, the global civil society alliance is alarmed at the violent crackdown on protests across India in response to a controversial citizenship law passed…
December 16, 2019

Laos and Thailand must investigate enforced disappearances

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Civil society groups urge Laos, Thailand to investigate enforced disappearances, reveal fate of Sombath Somphone and Od Sayavong On the seventh anniversary of the…
December 11, 2019

#ShiftThePower, exciting possibilities and challenges for resourcing

Left to Right: Dumiso Gatsha, SDGs Goalkeeper and founder of Success Capital NGO & Degan Ali, Executive Director at Adeso  A growing movement of people is…