May 25, 2018

Niger: This 25 May marks two months in detention of 26 activists and civil society…

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#Niger: This 25 May marks two months in detention of 26 activists and civil society members https://t.co/Y3wM0zG2yv #AfricaDay pic.twitter.com/ealcDXTZtF — CIVICUS (@CIVICUSalliance) May 25,…
May 24, 2018

Reimagining democracy: ‘People invested in wanting a change’ – civil society and the Malaysia elections

Malaysia’s May election saw the ruling party defeated for the first time in 61 years, amid widespread public anger about corruption. CIVICUS asked Gayathry…
May 22, 2018

Tibetan activist jailed for advocating cultural rights

Tibetan language education activist Tashi Wangchuk jailed for advocating cultural rights https://t.co/4mdie5zjmk pic.twitter.com/v4YTZ3BRxD — CIVICUS (@CIVICUSalliance) May 24, 2018 A Chinese court has sentenced…
May 21, 2018

Gaza: We condemn the killing of Palestinian protesters

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Special session of the UN Human Rights Council on the deteriorating human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem Oral Statement…
May 21, 2018

Police crack down on rare protest in Djibouti

"The use of unnecessary and excessive force during protests or peaceful gatherings in #Djibouti strengthens the prevalent climate of repression in the country" -…
May 21, 2018

Burundians kept in the dark ahead of controversial referendum

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By David Kode  Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza has intensified his brutal campaign to stay in power by stifling international news reporting of his government’s…
May 18, 2018

Silence by the international community gives Israel the green light to continue its human rights…

CIVICUS speaks to Amjad Al Shawi about the disproportionate use of force and extreme violence against peaceful protesters in Gaza and the reasons why…
May 17, 2018

Burundi referendum a blatant violation of its Constitution

Ahead of the controversial referendum scheduled to take place in Burundi on 17 May 2018, CIVICUS speaks to human rights lawyer and civil society…
May 14, 2018

Case of Zambia’s 42-for-42 tests freedom of expression and assembly

On May 17, six Zambia activists, civil society leader’s and a musician will appear before the magistrates in Court 3 in the capital Lusaka.…
May 14, 2018

OPEN CALL for contributions to CIVICUS’ State of Civil Society Report on ‘Reimagining Democracy’

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French | Spanish The upcoming CIVICUS State of Civil Society Report, to be published in September 2018, will focus on the special theme of…
May 10, 2018

Tanzania: Civil society groups express concern over rapid decline in human rights

Tanzania: 65 civil society groups call on the Tanzanian Government to address rapidly deteriorating environment for media, human rights defenders and opposition party members #Tanzania:…
May 08, 2018

Reclaiming civic space: global challenges, local responses

in Op-Eds

By Danny Sriskandarajah and Mandeep Tiwana  From attacks on human rights defenders to limits on civil society’s work, we are facing an emergency on…
May 08, 2018

Why community philanthropy enables people-powered, sustainable development from the ground up

in Op-Eds

By Clara Bosco Across the board, civil society groups are finding it increasingly difficult to organize in ways that pursue a radical transformation of…
May 07, 2018

High Level Intersessional celebrating the centenary of Nelson Mandela

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CIVICUS welcomes this celebratory discussion of a true icon of our times. For an organization headquartered in Johannesburg, Nelson Mandela has been for us…
May 07, 2018

2018 points to a new wave of citizen activism

in Op-Eds

By Ines Pousadela When looking back at 2017, it is hard to lose sight of the fact that restrictions on fundamental freedoms were imposed…
May 07, 2018

Steady old hand of repression seeks to strangle new media in East Africa

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By Teldah Mawarire and Grant Clark  In African countries where journalists are targeted with killings and beatings while traditional news outlets have been muzzled…
May 05, 2018

CIVICUS interview with Malaysia electoral reform coalition, Bersih 2.0

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In the lead up to the 14th general elections in Malaysia on 9 May, CIVICUS interviewed the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih 2.0…
May 02, 2018

Report: The Fight Back Against Rising Repression in On

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By Andrew Firmin  In the face of rising restrictions and brazen attacks on fundamental freedoms, citizens across the globe are responding with resolute resistance,…
April 30, 2018

Joint Statement: Dozens killed in Nicaragua by state repression of protests

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Spanish STATEMENT / More than 300 national and international NGOs condemn the violent repression of the demonstrations held in Nicaragua against the #INSS reforms:…
April 30, 2018

As global tensions rise, the UN stands on the sidelines

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By  Mandeep Tiwana It’s tempting to lay the blame for unresolved conflicts at the UN’s door but the reality is that the UN can only…
April 29, 2018

Repression in Paradise: Rule of Law and Fundamental Freedoms Under Attack in The Maldives, says…

Media Release The Government of the Indian Ocean island nation of The Maldives is undermining the rule of law and intensifying a brutal crackdown…
April 26, 2018

Human rights at risk for ASEAN citizens

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By Ichal Supriadi (Asia Democracy Network) and Josef Benedict (CIVICUS) As the 10 heads of state from ASEAN gather for the group’s latest summit in…
April 25, 2018

Bangladesh: Open Letter to Prime Minister about controversial digital security bill

in News

Conditions for human rights defenders and journalists in Bangladesh are dire, and appear to be worsening according to the CIVICUS Monitor. A declining respect…
April 24, 2018

Why we need a digital Geneva Convention

in Op-Eds

By Danny Sriskandarajah As Western governments look for ways to punish Russia for its brazen attacks abroad, one idea that has been getting a…
April 23, 2018

Maldives: One year later, no justice for Yameen Rasheed

On the anniversary of the killing of the popular Maldivian blogger and social media personality, Yameen Rasheed, Amnesty International and CIVICUS call on the…
April 20, 2018

Through Arts and Imagination: 2018 Youth Day Celebration - in search of silenced voices

Youth Arts Contest Seeks Out Silenced Voices to Reimagine Democracy Johannesburg, 18 April 2018 - What kind of country would South Africa be today…
April 19, 2018

European States and US must take measures to protect Egyptian human rights defenders, both home…

The undersigned civil society organisations express their outrage at the latest death threats targeting the Director of Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS),…
April 18, 2018

Djibouti: Reprisals against human rights defender Kadar Abdi Ibrahim for his advocacy at the UN…

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Johannesburg, 17 April 2018 - DefendDefenders, CIVICUS and the Observatory condemn acts of reprisals against human rights defender Mr. Kadar Abdi Ibrahim ahead of…
April 18, 2018

Somaliland poet’s three-year prison sentence a shameful attack on free expression

The three-year conviction of Somaliland poet and peace activist Nacima Abwaan Qorane this week highlights the increasingly repressive environment in Somaliland for peaceful expression,…
April 17, 2018

Syria’s CSO sector and population buckle under humanitarian crisis

Following the chemical attack in Syria and the subsequent airstrikes on Syria by the United States, United Kingdom and France, CIVICUS interviews a representative…
April 16, 2018

The Commonwealth's 2.4 billion citizens — what are their rights?

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By Cathal Gilbert and Trinanjan Radhakrishnan There has been a lot of talk of shared values ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting…
April 16, 2018

Civil Society, Resolute Resistance and Renewed Purpose

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By Mandeep Tiwana Each year, CIVICUS publishes the State of Civil Society Report, which chronicles major global developments and key trends impacting civil society.…
April 10, 2018

International NGOs should ensure women are at the centre of daily operations

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By Mouna Ben Garga (CIVICUS) and Ngozi Izuora (Innovation for Change- Hub Afrique) Many states are known for their strategy to exploit women’s rights for…
April 06, 2018

Vietnamese activists jailed after sham trial

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The sentencing of the six activists yesterday for peacefully expressing their opinions, illustrates the Vietnam authorities’ utter contempt for freedom of expression, said global…
April 05, 2018

CIVICUS UN Universal Periodic Review submissions on civil society space

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CIVICUS and its partners have submitted joint and stand-alone UN Universal Periodic Review (UPR) submissions on eight countries to the UN Human Rights Council…
April 04, 2018

Filipino activists stand firm after government adds them to list of terrorists

The Philippines government recently listed activists and a UN Special Rapporteur as terrorists and has threatened to pull out of the International Criminal Court.…
March 29, 2018

Joint letter to new Ethiopian Prime Minister on recent arrests of journalists and human rights…

in News

In a letter to the Ethiopian Prime Minister-designate, a coalition of over 40 civil society organisations express their concern regarding the recent arrests of journalists…
March 28, 2018

Enhance the process to select new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

in Geneva

In a letter to the UN Secretary-General, a coalition of more than 70 civil society organisations has put forward proposals to revitalise and enhance…
March 25, 2018

New UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of assembly and association

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The Civic Space Initiative welcomes Mr. Nyaletsossi Clément Voule as the new UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of assembly and association,…
March 25, 2018

The deterioration of civic space in Colombia, Guatemala and Honduras

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37th Session of the UN Human Rights Council Statement during the High Commissioner's country briefings CIVICUS is extremely concerned about the spate of attacks…
March 23, 2018

Joint statement on critical topics from 37th Session of the UN Human Rights Council

in Geneva

Our organisations welcome the adoption of the resolution on the promotion and protection of human rights and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for…
March 23, 2018

The aid sector must enforce standards, rebuild trust to survive abuse scandals

in Op-Eds

By Anabel Cruz, Chair of the Board of CIVICUS Critics are using the recent scandals to delegitimise aid and humanitarian efforts. We, in civil…
March 22, 2018

Open Letter to ECOSOC regarding upcoming elections to the Committee on NGOs

We write to you regarding the upcoming elections to the ECOSOC Committee on NGOs for the 2019-2022 term, which will take place on April…
March 22, 2018

Letter to UN Member States: Civic space restrictions in Cambodia

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To Missions of UN Member States (delivered by email on 22 March) We are writing to you with regards to the human rights situation…
March 20, 2018

South Africa celebrates Human Rights Day but major challenges remain

As South Africa commemorates Human Rights Day tomorrow, 21 March 2018, it is an opportunity for the government now led by President Cyril Ramaphosa…
March 20, 2018

Statement at UN Human Rights Council: Citizen rights in South Korea

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37th Session of the UN Human Rights Council Statement on the adoption of South Korea´s Universal Periodic Review CIVICUS applauds the government of the Republic…
March 20, 2018

Statement at UN Human Rights Council: Zambia not implementing recommendations on civic space

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37th Session of the UN Human Rights Council Joint Statement on the adoption of Zambia's Universal Periodic Review The Zambia Council for Social Development…
March 19, 2018

Decisive leadership needed from SADC to address DRC crisis

in Op-Eds

By David Kode The announcement of a date for general elections in a country roiled in political conflict and ruled by an unpopular leader…
March 19, 2018

Russia’s presidential election: a decline in citizen rights

in Op-Eds

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…
March 15, 2018

Citizen rights and the upcoming presidential elections in Africa

in Op-Eds

By David Kode It is a big year for democracy on the African continent. Millions will head to the polls in at least eight…
March 14, 2018

Statement at the UN Human Rights Council: Attacks on civic space in Burundi

in Geneva

Interactive Dialogue with the UN Commission of Inquiry on on Burundi Oral Statement We remain extremely concerned by the grave human rights violations taking…
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 12, 2018

Statement at UN Human Rights Council: Citizen rights in Eritrea

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37th Session of the UN Human Rights Council  Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Eritrea Oral Intervention by CIVICUS and DefendDefenders The government…
March 12, 2018

CIVICUS at the 37th Session of the UN Human Rights Council

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The opening week of the 37th Session of the UN Human Rights Council will commence with the high level segment which will include approximately 99 high…
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

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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…
March 05, 2018

Statement at Human Rights Council: Threats to civic space

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37th Session of the UN Human Rights Council Oral Statement Restrictions of civic space and threats to human rights defenders is fast spreading in…
March 05, 2018

Why Bahraini rights activists need international support

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By Tor Hodenfield Last month - specifically, 14 February - marked the seventh anniversary of the peaceful protests that swept across Bahrain in 2011,…
March 01, 2018

CIVICUS at UN Human Rights Council: Human rights challenges in the context of countering terrorism

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37th Session of the UN Human Rights Council Oral Statement – Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms…
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 19, 2018

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

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By Tor Hodenfield, CIVICUS, and Ulrika Cilliers, Save the Children In 2015, 264 million primary and secondary age children and youth were out of…
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 14, 2018

‘La presencia de mujeres en espacios de representación política es buena no solo para las…

English En noviembre de 2017 Argentina aprobó una ley de paridad de género con el objeto de garantizar un 50% de representación femenina en…
February 13, 2018

‘Opaque laws, erratic application of rules and lengthy bureaucratic processes cost lives during a humanitarian…

CIVICUS speaks with Jeremy Wellard, Regional Representative for Asia of the International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA). ICVA is a global civil society network…
February 12, 2018

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

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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…
February 12, 2018

‘Invocamos el principio de extraterritorialidad para llamar al Estado chino a rendir cuentas del impacto…

English CIVICUS conversa con las cuatro responsables de la iniciativa regional “Explorando nuevos caminos para la defensa de los derechos humanos frente a las…
February 09, 2018

Maldives: release judges immediately and respect citizens' civic freedoms

Global civil society alliance CIVICUS and the Voice of Women (VOW) Maldives condemn the ongoing attacks on the Maldivian judiciary, which has included targeting…
February 07, 2018

We believe in citizens taking action on the issues that affect their lives, without needing…

CIVICUS speaks to Katherine Baird, International Projects Manager at the Change.org Foundation, an organisation that envisions a world in which no one is powerless,…
February 04, 2018

Bangladesh: Open letter on Digital Media Security Bill

To The President of Bangladesh, H.E. Md Abdul Hamid The Chair of the National Human Rights Commission, H.E. Kazi Reazul Hoque Subject: Open letter…
January 31, 2018

Honduras: ‘El conflicto generado por la reacción ciudadana contra el fraude puede hacernos perder un…

English A fines de 2017, tras lo que muchos en la sociedad civil percibieron como una elección fraudulenta, estalló la protesta en Honduras. CIVICUS…
January 30, 2018

Afghanistan: CIVICUS stands in solidarity with Save the Children

Global civil society alliance, CIVICUS condemns the horrific attack on the office and staff of Save the Children in Jalalabad, eastern Afghanistan. We stand…
January 30, 2018

‘A diferencia del Brexit, la demanda independentista catalana tiene un componente democratizador’

English CIVICUS conversa sobre la situación en Cataluña con Anaïs Franquesa Griso, abogada penalista especializada en derechos humanos y movimientos sociales y Directora de…
January 25, 2018

Huracán María: ‘La sociedad civil, dentro y fuera de Puerto Rico, vino a llenar el…

English El 20 de septiembre de 2017 el huracán María devastó Puerto Rico. Su paso puso en evidencia no solo las fallas de la…
January 25, 2018

Puerto Rico: ‘Si no incorpora a la sociedad civil, el gobierno no puede enfrentar la…

English El 20 de septiembre de 2017 el huracán María devastó Puerto Rico. Su paso puso en evidencia no solo las fallas de la…
January 24, 2018

Brasil: ‘Na esquerda, as estruturas tradicionais se enfraqueceram ao mesmo tempo que novas formas de…

English Após os muitos protestos vistos no Brasil em 2017, CIVICUS fala com José Henrique Bortoluci, professor do Centro de Pesquisa e Documentação de…
January 23, 2018

‘The anti-corruption protests have turned the inhabitants of Romania into a whole new generation of…

CIVICUS speaks to Viorel Micescu, Executive Director of CENTRAS: The Assistance for Non-Governmental Organizations, an independent non-profit organisation aimed at contributing to the development…
January 22, 2018

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

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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.…
January 22, 2018

‘Democracy is much more than street protest and institutional politics, and Hong Kong people are…

Ahead of the publication of the 2018 State of Civil Society Report on the theme of ‘reimagining democracy’, we are interviewing civil society activists…
January 19, 2018

‘Civil society won the debate on inequality but still needs to win the actual fight…

CIVICUS speaks to Ben Phillips, Launch Director of the Fight Inequality Alliance, a growing movement of citizens from across the world uniting to take…
January 18, 2018

United States: ‘Even in challenging times, civil society needs to be proactive in setting the…

CIVICUS speaks to Nick Robinson, a legal advisor at the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) and lead of their United States Program. ICNL…
January 17, 2018

Catalonia: ‘It might take years to rebuild the political, social and emotional bridges that the…

Catalonia’s independence movement hit the headlines in 2017, and Catalonia’s future remains undecided. CIVICUS speaks to Francesc Badia i Dalmases, editor of democraciaAbierta, openDemocracy’s…
January 16, 2018

Global challenges, local responses

in Op-Eds

By Danny Sriskandarajah and Mandeep Tiwana We are facing a global emergency of civic space. This is now a universal phenomenon, no longer restricted…
January 16, 2018

Nigeria: ‘If passed, the NGO Bill will reduce the ability of CSOs to hold the…

CIVICUS speaks to Oluseyi Babatunde Oyebisi, Director of the Nigeria Network of NGOs (NNNGO) about the draconian NGO bill under consideration by Nigerian lawmakers…
January 15, 2018

‘Against hopelessness, we need to work not to lose the very small windows of freedom…

CIVICUS speaks to an Iranian woman human rights defender about the causes and significance of the recent protests in Iran, as well as the…
January 12, 2018

‘There are signs of hope, but we are not waiting with our arms crossed but…

Angola saw a change at the top in 2017, when President José Eduardo dos Santos stepped down after a staggering 38 years in power,…
January 11, 2018

‘The idea that a certain group does not belong in a country is instrumental in…

CIVICUS speaks to Susannah Sirkin, director of international policy and partnerships and senior advisor with Physicians for Human Rights (PHR). Founded in 1986, PHR…
January 10, 2018

‘Market discourse has captured the development agenda to a point that may be incompatible with…

CIVICUS speaks with Barbara Adams, senior policy analyst at the Global Policy Forum (GPF), an independent policy watchdog that monitors the work of the…
January 08, 2018

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

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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…
December 28, 2017

Reimagining Democracy: ‘If citizens are not able to recognise what is going on and mobilise,…

The special theme of the 2018 State of Civil Society Report will be ‘reimagining democracy’. The report will explore how citizens and civil society…
December 26, 2017

‘Even the most progressive UN agencies have become vulnerable to the threat of corporate capture;…

As the 2017 State of Civil Society Report identified, private sector influence on international governance is an increasing civil society concern. CIVICUS speaks on…
December 22, 2017

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

in Op-Eds

By David Kode The Ethiopian government is among at least 30 administrations that have disrupted or shut down domestic internet access in the past…
December 21, 2017

What future for civil society in Zimbabwe?

in Op-Eds

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…
December 21, 2017

Armenia: ‘For the quality of democracy to improve, judicial independence must be guaranteed and labour…

Elections held in Armenia in 2017 resulted in the ruling party holding onto power, but were marred by allegations of fraud, including vote-buying and…
December 20, 2017

‘El gobierno argentino envió un mensaje intimidatorio en relación con la participación de la sociedad…

English CIVICUS conversa con Gastón Chillier, Director Ejecutivo del Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales (CELS), una organización de derechos humanos de Argentina. El…
December 20, 2017

Making progress, preventing regress: civil society at the Human Rights Council

We asked Phil Lynch, Director of International Service for Human Rights, to look back at the past year’s experience of civil society engagement with…
December 19, 2017

‘Tenemos que reconstruir con un enfoque de derechos humanos, es decir reactivando comunidades, y no…

English Los dos terremotos que afectaron a México en septiembre de 2017 dejaron cientos de muertos y miles de heridos, y la sociedad civil…
December 19, 2017

You will agree: escalating repression

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By Mandeep Tiwana Mandeep Tiwana sorts through the many cloaks of authoritarianism donned by the political class as repression becomes the rule rather than…
December 18, 2017

Blocage de l'accès internet au Cameroun prive la société civile des ressources essentielles

English Le Cameroun a vu l'État imposer toute une série de restrictions aux droits fondamentaux de la société civile en 2017, notamment une fermeture…
December 15, 2017

‘Threats to women’s and LGBTI rights are threats to democracy; any retrogression is unacceptable’

Recent years have seen an apparently growing tendency for anti-rights groups to seek to claim the space for civil society, including at the intergovernmental…
December 15, 2017

Civil Society Meeting Calls for Solidarity, Radical Change to Deal with Global Crises

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By Amy Taylor Our strategies have failed us. We can no longer respond to the crises facing us in the same way. We have…
December 14, 2017

Nigeria: Proposed NGO bill will be a death knell for civil society

Abuja — A proposed bill currently before Nigeria’s lawmakers, which will give the government sweeping powers over non-governmental organisations (NGOs), threatens the existence of…
December 14, 2017

Venezuela: ‘Ante la profundización de la crisis económica y social, el descontento solo puede ser…

English Al final de un año en que Venezuela ha pasado por crisis económica, desorden político y protestas masivas, CIVICUS conversa con Nizar El…
December 10, 2017

Sign on! Global Civil Society Declaration on Climate-Induced Migration

in News

At the conclusion of International Civil Society Week 2017 (ICSW) on December 7th, more than 700 civil society leaders and activists from over 100…
December 08, 2017

The struggles of Women Human Rights Defenders in Nepal

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By CIVICUS and ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION (AHRC)  Women in Nepal face many challenges due to issues of inequality and injustice in the society.…
December 08, 2017

These 6 gender activists are shaking up the world

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Space for the feminist movement is shrinking, yet these brave women and non-binary activists continue to fight for equality. Read on: Open Democracy
December 08, 2017

Climate refugees need global protection – with or without the US

in Op-Eds

By Danny Sriskandarajah The United States’ abandonment of global migration and climate change agreements in the same year could be disastrous for climate refugees.…
December 07, 2017

Statement: Solidarity with the struggle of the Palestinian people

Several delegates at the CIVICUS World Assembly in Suva, Fiji on 7 December 2017 urged us to speak out against the ill-advised announcement of…
December 07, 2017

Why SADC must reinvent or remain irrelevant

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By Teldah Mawarire  In times of political crises, as was recently experienced in Zimbabwe, citizens expect the regional body to take a bold stance…
December 07, 2017

As NGOs speak out, expect clampdowns to grow

in Op-Eds

By David Kode Across the globe, from East Africa to eastern Europe, there is a trend of increasing attacks on non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that…
December 07, 2017

Warm and cuddly global goals? The international community must get real

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By Danny Sriskandarajah Two years into their life, and amid the grim political realities of the last year, the sustainable development goals seem increasingly…
December 06, 2017

How NGOs and social movements can learn to work together better

in Op-Eds

By Danny Sriskandarajah There are no shortages of challenges facing civil society, but one that we don’t talk enough about is the relationship between…
December 05, 2017

Are Rising Attacks On Human Rights Defenders The ‘New Normal’?

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By Mandeep Tiwana At CIVICUS, a global civil society alliance working to strengthen citizen participation, we receive bad news of attacks on compatriots every…
December 02, 2017

‘Civil society must increase the pressure so even countries that aren’t part of the Arms…

CIVICUS speaks to Anna Macdonald, Director of the Control Arms Secretariat, which leads a global civil society coalition comprising over 300 partners in all regions of…
December 01, 2017

Reimagining democracy: ‘the democratic revolution is currently in hibernation; from a scale of 1 to…

Ahead of the publication of the 2018 State of Civil Society Report on the theme of ‘reimagining democracy’, we are interviewing civil society activists…
November 30, 2017

Paraguay: Gobierno aplica ley inconstitucional anti-protesta en forma discriminatoria contra movimientos sociales que desafían su…

English CIVICUS conversa con Oscar Ayala Amarilla, Secretario Ejecutivo de la Coordinadora de Derechos Humanos del Paraguay (CODEHUPY). La Coordinadora de Derechos Humanos es…
November 29, 2017

‘Solo un gobierno auténticamente democrático podrá enfrentar seriamente el problema del cambio climático’

English CIVICUS conversa con Enrique de León, dirigente del Comité Nacional de Lucha Contra el Cambio Climático (CNLCC), una organización de la sociedad civil…
November 29, 2017

México: En una democracia, no es posible que desaparezcan 43 estudiantes y todo siga igual

English CIVICUS conversa con Ana Cristina Ruelas, Directora de la oficina de ARTICLE 19 para México y Centroamérica. ARTICLE 19 es una organización de…
November 28, 2017

Danny Sriskandarajah: Is it the beginning of the end for the charity sector?

in Op-Eds

UK's largest network of civil society leaders, ACEVO, spoke to Danny Sriskandarajah, Secretary General of CIVICUS, as part of its 30th birthday celebrations to get…
November 27, 2017

‘Sparks of hope’ light up the dark

Winners of the 2017 Nelson Mandela-Graça Machel Innovation Awards show great courage and commitment to social change Suva, Fiji – An Egyptian activist and…
November 24, 2017

Guatemala: Las autoridades detienen a Jerson Antonio Morales al tiempo que continúan los ataques contra…

English La alianza global de la sociedad civil CIVICUS condenó el arresto y la detención ilegal del periodista y activista de los derechos indígenas…
November 23, 2017

Zimbabwe’s transition: prioritise restraint and respect for human rights

Johannesburg - Global civil society alliance CIVICUS urges the Zimbabwe Defence Forces and all stakeholders in Zimbabwe to continue to exercise restraint and respect…
November 20, 2017

Reimagining democracy: ‘It is for civil society to step in and fill the void on…

Ahead of the publication of the 2018 State of Civil Society Report on the theme of ‘reimagining democracy’, we are interviewing civil society activists…
November 16, 2017

Nutrition is political and civil society needs to shape those politics

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By Danny Sriskandarajah The two major nutrition meetings - the Global Nutrition Summit in Milan and the Scaling Up Nutrition Movement global gathering in…
November 16, 2017

African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) reaches 30-year milestone but challenges remain

November 15 marked the last day of the 61st Ordinary Session of the ACHPR taking place in Banjul, The Gambia as the Commission celebrates 30 years…
November 14, 2017

Entramado de complicidades entre empresas y Estado resulta en creciente criminalización de defensores de derechos…

English CIVICUS conversa con Ileana Molo, Presidenta Ejecutiva de la organización Afropanameñ@ Soy e integrante de la Red de Derechos Humanos de Panamá, en…
November 10, 2017

Reimagining democracy: ‘Dutch citizens feel a major disconnect from politics ’

The special theme of the 2018 State of Civil Society Report will be ‘reimagining democracy’. The report will explore how citizens and civil society…
November 06, 2017

Putting the Pacific on the Map

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By Danny Sriskandarajah This year, CIVICUS International Civil Society Week will take place in Fiji, and will allow civil society delegates from around the world…
November 06, 2017

Nobody has made any attempt to shield Yemeni civil society organisations from impact of armed…

CIVICUS speaks to Radhya Almutawakel, chairperson of Mwatana Organization for Human Rights, an independent Yemeni human rights organisation. Mwatana is engaged with a number…
November 01, 2017

Closure of civic space constitutes an existential threat to independent civil society in Bahrain

CIVICUS speaks to Michael Payne (left), Director of Advocacy, and Sam Jones (right), a researcher at Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain…
October 27, 2017

‘All governments agree – at least nominally - that a world without nuclear weapons is…

CIVICUS speaks to Daniel Högsta, Network Coordinator with the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), a broad, inclusive campaign focused on mobilising civil…