January 27, 2021

COSTA RICA: ‘The protests highlighted unresolved structural problems’

CIVICUS speaks about the recent protests in Costa Rica with Carlos Berríos Solórzano, co-founder of Asociación Agentes de Cambio-Nicaragua (Association Agents of Change –…
January 26, 2021

NAMIBIA: ‘Protests against gender-based violence were triggered by collective hope’

CIVICUS speaks to Bertha Tobias about the recent protests against femicide and gender-based violence (GBV) in Namibia. Bertha is a youth leader and an…
January 26, 2021

Another Republic Day, another mass protest and another year of repression?

in Op-Eds

By Mandeep Tiwana, Chief Programmes Officer at CIVICUS It’s an anathema that in the 21st century when humanity claims to have made great progress…
January 26, 2021

Bahrain: Open letter to Danish Prime Minister to take immediate action to free Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja

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Arabic It's been 10 years since human rights defender, Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja has been arrested for his human rights activities. CIVICUS together with several human…
January 20, 2021

Rwanda: UN rights review should shed light on civic space restrictions

in Geneva

Statement on Rwanda ahead of Universal Periodic Review on Human Rights A United Nations review of Rwanda’s human rights record is an opportunity to shed…
January 20, 2021

Myanmar: UN review critical moment to address repressed civic freedoms

in Geneva

Statement on Myanmar ahead of Universal Periodic Review on Human Rights CIVICUS, Free Expression Myanmar and Asia Democracy Network call on UN member states to…
January 20, 2021

Nepal: UN review critical moment to address obstructed civic freedoms

in Geneva

Statement on Nepal ahead of Universal Periodic Review on Human Rights CIVICUS calls on UN member states to urge the Government of Nepal to…
January 20, 2021

Imprisoned Saudi activist and other rights defenders seek justice in 2021

in Op-Eds

By Mandeep Tiwana, Chief Programmes Officer at CIVICUS Two events generated significant interest and global solidarity in the final days of December 2020. A…
January 20, 2021

PERU: ‘Constitutional debate has taken on new relevance as a result of the protests’

CIVICUS speaks about recent protests in Peru with Rafael Barrio de Mendoza, a researcher on processes of territorial transformation from Grupo Propuesta Ciudadana, a…
January 19, 2021

#UN75: ‘Moving forward, the UN should continue to provide access through accessible virtual platforms’

Following the 75th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations (UN), CIVICUS is having conversations with civil society activists, advocates and practitioners about the…
January 18, 2021

How to create a UN that listens

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By Lysa John, Secretary-General of CIVICUS & Mandeep Tiwana, Chief Programmes Officer at CIVICUS The UN was conceived as a ground-breaking experiment in global…
January 15, 2021

GUATEMALA: ‘The protests were a reflection of both social organisation and citizen autonomy’

CIVICUS speaks about recent protests in Guatemala with Sandra Morán Reyes, an advocate of women’s and LGBTQI+ rights. With a long history of participation…
January 13, 2021

Uganda: Egregious measures threaten free and fair elections

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🇺🇬🗳️President @KagutaMuseveni has ruled #Uganda for 35 years. Ahead of tomorrow's elections (#UgandaDecides2021), the authorities have undertaken an unprecedented campaign to silence dissent. We…
January 12, 2021

What is the Health of SDG Targets on Civic Freedoms after 2020?

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By Emily Standfield, Data Volunteer with CIVICUS & Matthew Reading-Smith, Communications Coordinator at CIVICUS The events of 2020 accelerated the decline of civic freedoms.…
January 07, 2021

Hong Kong: Crackdown on democratic freedoms continues with mass arrests

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Global civil society alliance CIVICUS condemns the mass arbitrary arrests in Hong Kong this week in an unprecedented crackdown on democratic freedoms and calls…
December 23, 2020

Poland: concerns over intimidation, violence and detentions of peaceful protesters

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Joint letter to: Clement Voule, UN Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Assembly and Association Mary Lawlor, UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human…
December 22, 2020

Fundamental civic rights have deteriorated across Africa in 2020 - CIVICUS report finds

in Op-Eds

Advocacy and Campaigns Head at CIVICUS David Kode explains to SABC News the several drivers of civic space violations in Africa including mass protests…
December 17, 2020

USA Downgraded as Civil Liberties Deteriorate Across the Americas

in Op-Eds

By Débora Leão, Civic Space Researcher at CIVICUS and Suraj K. Sazawal, co-author of ‘Civil Society Under Strain’ Since May, the CIVICUS Monitor, an online platform…
December 17, 2020

People power under attack as world celebrates International Human Rights Day

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By Mandeep Tiwana, Chief Programmes Officer at CIVICUS The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is 72 years old, but still the civil, political, economic,…
December 17, 2020

#BEIJING25: ‘More women in public office translates into better government and a more robust democracy’

For the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action, CIVICUS is interviewing civil society activists, leaders and experts about the progress achieved and…
December 16, 2020

UNITED STATES: ‘The 2020 election is a political and moral mandate against fascism’

CIVICUS speaks about voter suppression and its implications for US democracy with Yael Bromberg, Chief Counsel for Voting Rights at The Andrew Goodman Foundation,…
December 14, 2020

Africa: Civic rights were eroded across Africa in 2020

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By Sylvia Mbataru and Ine Van Severen, Civic Space Researchers at CIVICUS Fundamental civic rights, including freedoms of association, peaceful assembly and expression, deteriorated across Africa…
December 10, 2020

Cuba: release detained protesters and stop harassment of rights activists and their organisations

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Hoy, en el #DiaDeLosDerechosHumanos hacemos un llamamiento a las autoridades cubanas para detener la represión de los artivistas que reclaman sus derechos civiles y…
December 08, 2020

11 countries downgraded in new global report on civic freedoms

Civic freedoms are under severe attack around the world. New #PeoplePower2020 report launched today shows where civil society conditions are improving and getting worse…
December 04, 2020

#BEIJING25: ‘All efforts towards gender equality must be built upon intersectionality and power-shifting’

For the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action, CIVICUS is interviewing civil society activists, leaders and experts about the progress achieved and…
December 01, 2020

Civil society fights back as smears and vilification intensify

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By Andrew Firmin and Inés Pousadela The pattern is now clear. In country after country, those who seek to limit rights attack civil society.…
November 30, 2020

Algeria: European Parliament calls for action on human rights and expresses solidarity with demonstrators

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Arabic The European Parliament’s second urgency resolution on Algeria in a year is an important step and should be followed by stronger public action…
November 27, 2020

India: Human rights body must raise concerns over crackdown

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To: Hon’ble Justice (Retd.) H.L. Dattu Chairperson National Human Rights Commission of India New Delhi Email: Re: Request to raise serious concerns over…
November 26, 2020

Women’s rights defenders must be immediately and unconditionally released!

Arabic Letter by civil society organisations calling for the release of Saudi women's rights defenders
November 26, 2020

16 Rights Groups Raise Bahrain Human Rights Concerns with Formula One

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Rights watchdogs tell F1 leaders to use their leverage to compensate victims of abuse & ensure right to protest ahead of two Grand Prix…
November 25, 2020

Thailand: Government must respect and protect the rights of demonstrators

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We, the undersigned organizations, condemn the Thai police’s unnecessary and excessive use of force against peaceful protesters marching to the national parliament in Bangkok…
November 25, 2020

Women’s groups fight back as gender-based violence surges during the pandemic

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By Inés Pousadela Barely weeks into the COVID-19 pandemic, concerns arose about the safety of women trapped indoors with their abusers, and data showing spikes in…
November 25, 2020

16 Days of Activism - Women in Solidarity during COVID-19

16 Days of Activism, running annually from 25 November to 10 December, comes at the end of a year that saw a global pandemic…
November 25, 2020

RUSSIA: ‘Human rights activism can be expected to increase in reaction to repression’

CIVICUS speaks with Leonid Drabkin, a coordinator with OVD-Info, an independent human rights civil society organisation (CSO) that documents and helps the victims of political…
November 24, 2020

Polish authorities must stop persecuting and intimidating protesters

#Poland: Authorities must stop persecuting & intimidating protesters, including minors, who are protesting over the near-total #abortionban in Poland.The EU must step up and…
November 24, 2020

Morocco: End intimidation and harassment campaign against rights defender Maati Monjib

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The undersigned civil society organisations call on the Moroccan authorities to immediately end their intimidation and harassment campaign against academic and human rights defender…