August 07, 2020

As reprisals continue in Zimbabwe, CIVICUS calls on international bodies to intervene

🇿🇼#Zimbabwe: CIVICUS stands in solidarity with Zimbabwean activists and condemns the targeting of civil society leaders and journalists. Read more here: https://t.co/sFpPHpEUuH #July31 #31JulyMovement…
August 06, 2020

Letter to UN Human Rights Commissioner on the Implementation of the Resolution on Police Violence…

in Geneva

CIVICUS has joined families of victims of police violence in the United States of America, the ACLU, and more than 360 civil society organisations,…
August 05, 2020

The UN Charter: Past, Present and Future

On 26 June 1945, at the conclusion of the United Nations Conference on International Organization, the Charter of the United Nations was signed in…
August 05, 2020

MALAWI: ‘Civil society expects new gov. to place rights at the top of its agenda’

CIVICUS speaks with Michael Kaiyatsa, acting Executive Director of the Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR), about the recent presidential election in Malawi,…
August 04, 2020

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: ‘The times ahead may bring positive change’

CIVICUS speaks about the recent elections in the Dominican Republic, held in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, with Hamilk Chahin, coordinator of the…
July 29, 2020

Urgent Appeal: Civil Society Call for Moroccan Authorities to Cease Intimidation of Journalist Omar Radi

in News

Arabic The undersigned civil society organisations call for an immediate and unconditional end to the intimidation and harassment of independent Moroccan journalist, Omar Radi,…
July 29, 2020

Sri Lanka: Human Rights Under Attack

in News

Lawyers, Human Rights Defenders and Journalists Arrested, Threatened, Intimidated
July 27, 2020

SINGAPORE: ‘Opposition parties were given unfavourable coverage by the state media and had difficulty accessing…

CIVICUS speaks to human rights defender Jolovan Wham about the recent elections in Singapore, which were held in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.…
July 23, 2020

Country recommendations for UN Universal Periodic Review on Human Rights

in Geneva

All UN member states have their human rights records reviewed every 4.5 years.  CIVICUS  and partners make UN Universal Periodic Review submissions on civil society space…
July 21, 2020

Over 30 rights organisations call on international powers to pressure Cambodia over human rights abuses

Joint Letter We call on Australia, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, India, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, Sweden, the Netherlands the United Kingdom, and the…
July 20, 2020

Stories from the youth climate movement in the Global South

in Op-Eds

By Inés Pousadela, Senior Research Specialist at CIVICUS In early 2020, as millions went into lockdown to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the environment…
July 18, 2020

Progress and shortcomings from 44th Session of the Human Rights Council

in Geneva

Joint Statement for the end of the 44th Session of the UN Human Rights Council The 44th session of the UN Human Rights Council…
July 18, 2020

Mandela Day: Nearly 200 rights organisations call for release of activists as part of #StandAsMyWitness…

197 human rights organisations sign letter calling on states to end the imprisonment and harassment of human rights defenders States urged to stop new…
July 17, 2020

The United Nations at 75 - recommendations presented to Secretary General

As the United Nations turns 75, concrete changes are needed. Recommendations from CIVICUS presented at anniversary event with UN Secretary General and leaders from across sectors.…
July 17, 2020

Human Rights Council adopts resolution on peaceful protests

in Geneva

Reaction to resolution on peaceful protests at the 44th Session of the UN Human Rights Council With the adoption of a new resolution on…
July 16, 2020

Eritrea: Human rights monitoring extended

in Geneva

Statement at the 44th Session of the UN Human Rights Council Reaction to extending the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on Eritrea CIVICUS welcomes the…
July 16, 2020

Kuwait's adoption of Universal Periodic Review on Human Rights

in Geneva

Joint Statement at the 44th Session of the UN Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review on Human Rights -- Outcome Adoption for Kuwait Madame…
July 15, 2020

ARGENTINA: ‘We must stop attempts to go back to the injustices of the pre-pandemic era’

CIVICUS speaks about the COVID-19 crisis and civil society responses with Sebastián Pilo, co-director of Civil Association for Equality and Justice (Asociación Civil por…
July 15, 2020

Rights organisations call for release of Teresita Naul ahead of court case & global campaign…

  Human rights organisations call for release of Teresita Naul ahead of court case 17 July Naul’s family concerned about her deteriorating health in…
July 15, 2020

An Urgent Call to Release Human Rights Defenders in Honour of Nelson Mandela Day

in News

Dear World Leaders, On Nelson Mandela Day, civil society organisations across the globe call on you to release imprisoned human rights defenders and prisoners…
July 14, 2020

Myanmar: Continued crackdown on civil society undermines efforts to address COVID-19

in Geneva

Statement at the 44th Session of the UN Human Rights Council Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Myanmar CIVICUS welcomes the Special Rapporteur’s update,…
July 14, 2020

Burundi: Widespread human rights abuses persist

in Geneva

Statement at the 44th Session of the UN Human Rights Council Interactive Dialogue with the UN Commission of Inquiry on Burundi   Thank you, Madame…
July 14, 2020

Civil society in the post-pandemic world

in Op-Eds

By Inés Pousadela, Senior Research Specialist at CIVICUS In many circles, ‘civil society participation’ has become a fashion accessory that everyone wants to flaunt.…
July 13, 2020

Serbia: CIVICUS calls on Serbian authorities to stop attacks against peaceful protesters

in News

CIVICUS urges Serbian authorities to stop using force to disperse protesters demonstrating against the government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. CIVICUS calls for an…
July 11, 2020

Malaysia: End harassment and intimidation of media workers and critics

in News

Joint Statement with Amnesty International and the International Commission of Jurists The Malaysian authorities must immediately put an end to their increasing attacks on…
July 10, 2020

Sri Lanka: Civil society subjected to intensified military surveillance and other restrictions

in Geneva

Joint Statement at the 44th session of the Human Rights Council Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly…
July 10, 2020

UN resolution needed to help protect freedom of expression

in Geneva

Statement at the 44th Session of the UN Human Rights Council Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression Madame President,…
July 10, 2020

UN resolution needed to protect peaceful protests during the pandemic and beyond

in Geneva

Joint statement at the 44th Session of the UN Human Rights Council Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on freedom of association and peaceful assembly…
July 09, 2020

Cambodia: 4 years on, no effective investigation into Kem Ley’s unlawful killing

in Geneva

Joint Statement Appoint Independent Commission of Inquiry, Seek UN Assistance Today, on the fourth anniversary of the killing of prominent political commentator and human…
July 08, 2020

Joint letter on Colombia: COVID-19 cannot be a smokescreen to target social leaders

in News

🇨🇴📝Joint letter on #Colombia: #COVID19 cannot be used as a smokescreen to target social leaders. Recommendations include: 🟢Implement Peace Agreement 🟢Involve civil society in…
July 08, 2020

Increased targeting of members of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission

in News

Front Line Defenders, CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, FIDH - International Federation for Human Rights, in the framework of the Observatory for the…
July 07, 2020

Malaysia: Migrants and refugees excluded from poverty figures and neglected by policymakers

in Geneva

Statement at the 44th Session of the UN Human Rights Council Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty Thank you, Madame President; Special…
July 03, 2020

HUNGARY: ‘Trans people are having our rights being taken away’

  A new law in Hungary, passed at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, prevents trans people from legally changing their gender. CIVICUS speaks…
July 03, 2020

Singapore: Open letter to parliamentary candidates and political party leaders to prioritise fundamental freedoms

in News

🇸🇬Singapore: Three civil society organisations call on parliamentary candidates and political party leaders to commit to respecting and protecting human rights, particularly fundamental freedoms,…
July 02, 2020

Ethiopia: Stop violence against protesters and lift internet restrictions

(Johannesburg 2 July 2020) CIVICUS calls on the authorities in Ethiopia to stop using violence to disperse ongoing protests and to lift internet restrictions…