October 15, 2018

Zimbabwe Police arbitrarily arrest trade union leaders over planned protests

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#Zimbabwe Police arbitrarily arrest trade union leaders over planned protests; authorities are still employing methods of an era gone by to silence dissent -…
October 15, 2018

Agenda 2030 marred by MDG mindsets on steroids

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By Mandeep Tiwana, CIVICUS' Chief Programmes Officer Business as usual is bad news for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, arguably the greatest human…
October 15, 2018

Moving beyond resistance

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By Danny Sriskandarajah  Just a few years ago, it felt like the dawn of a new era of citizen participation. There were uprisings across…
October 15, 2018

Myanmar: Drop Charges Against Three Kachin Activists 

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Joint Statement by CIVICUS and Amnesty International Myanmar authorities must immediately drop defamation charges against three Kachin activists who led a peaceful rally in…
October 12, 2018

“Listen to us and let us have a direct say,” say citizens worldwide

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By Andrew Firmin, CIVICUS' Editor-in-Chief A group of women fighting back against sexual harassment in Trinidad and Tobago. Marginalised members of the discriminated Dalit…
October 11, 2018

Indonesia: Shut down of civil society conference an attack on civic space

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Breaking News: Police close and cancel civil society conference on the sidelines of #IMF & #WorldBank annual meeting in Bali, #Indonesia (#IMFWBMeetingBali ). Statement:…
October 10, 2018

UN Panel Discussion, Freedom of peaceful assembly and association and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable…

  Freedom of peaceful assembly and association and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development When: 13:15-14:30, Wednesday 17 October 2018 Where: UNHQ, Conference Room…
October 09, 2018

Are women the last line of defence against Brazil’s authoritarian shift?

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By Ana Cernov, human rights activist and Inés Pousadela, Senior Research Specialist at CIVICUS In a matter of days, 2.5 million Brazilian women had gathered…
October 09, 2018

Cameroon elections promise more trouble, not solutions for Anglophones

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By Teldah Mawarire, Campaigns and Advocacy Officer and Ine van Severen, Civic Space Research Officer For nations in crisis, free and fair elections usually…
October 09, 2018

Treaty pushes for environmental justice in Latin America and the Caribbean

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By Danny Sriskandarajah, CIVICUS Secretary General Despite closing space for civil society, the new Escazú Agreement—which offers protection measures for environmental groups and defenders—is…
October 09, 2018

Can SA uphold its reputation for human rights on the UN Security Council?

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By Masana Ndinga-Kanga, Crisis Response Fund Coordinator and Advocacy Officer for the Middle East/North Africa region and Lyndal Rowlands, CIVICUS UN Advocacy Officer. Can an influential…
October 09, 2018

Letter from Jail: Nicaraguan Farm Leader, Medardo Mairena

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Incarcerated farm leader Medardo Mairena writes a letter to media from jail Medardo Mairena Sequeira,  is the Coordinator of the National Council in Defense of Land,…
October 08, 2018

Burundi bans international NGOs

Burundi’s National Council for Security in September announced a blanket 3-month ban on international NGOs. CIVICUS speaks to a human rights defender who asked…
October 08, 2018

VENEZUELA: ‘Venezuelans are not emigrating in search for better opportunities, but to save their lives’

CIVICUS speaks to Alicia Pantoja, co-founder of Manos Veneguayas. Based in Montevideo, Uruguay, Manos Veneguayas is a civil society organisation (CSO) run by Venezuelans…
October 04, 2018

Country recommendations on civic space for UN´s Universal Periodic Review

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CIVICUS makes six joint UN Universal Periodic Review submissions on civil society space: Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Nicaragua and…
October 04, 2018

SOUTH KOREA: ‘Achieving victory by our own hands'

As part of our 2018 report on the theme of reimagining democracy, we are interviewing civil society activists and leaders about their work to…
October 02, 2018

Outcomes & Reflections from 39th Session of UN Human Rights Council

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This session, the Council adopted landmark resolutions on several country situations, further enhancing its contribution to the protection of human rights.  On Myanmar, we…
September 28, 2018

Our heritage is a successful civil society

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By William Gumede, Executive Chairperson of Democracy Works Foundation The publication of this piece was facilitated by CIVICUS as part of our 25th anniversary celebrations As…
September 28, 2018

Joint Statement: Civil society condemns the wrongful conviction of Cambodian human rights defenders

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The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), CIVICUS, Freedom House, and Front Line Defenders condemn yesterday’s conviction of four human rights defenders…
September 27, 2018

Alarm bells ring as EU governments take aim at funding to ‘Political’ NGOs

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By Cathal Gilbert, Civic Space Research Lead at CIVICUS and Giada Negri, Research and Advocacy Officer with the European Civic Forum Increasingly, public figures across Europe are twisting…
September 26, 2018

Apply: Goalkeepers Youth Action Accelerator

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New programme to support youth tackling major social issues through data collection Initiative will amplify activists’ work and hold leaders accountable Selected activists will receive…
September 26, 2018

Ground-breaking new global initiative to accelerate youth activism in the digital age

New programme to support youth tackling major social issues through data collection Initiative will amplify activists’ work and hold leaders accountable Selected activists will receive…
September 26, 2018

Yemen: Urgent need to address humanitarian crisis

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39th Session of the UN Human Rights Council Joint statement during Interactive Dialogue on High Commissioner's Report on Yemen Urgent need to address the…
September 25, 2018

NICARAGUA: ‘The protests expressed an articulated demand for genuine democracy, based on respect for the…

As part of our 2018 report on the theme of reimagining democracy, we are interviewing civil society activists, leaders and specialists about their work…
September 21, 2018

Uzbekistan at UN Human Rights Council: Adoption of Universal Periodic Review Report

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The Association for Human Rights in Central Asia, International Partnership for Human Rights and CIVICUS welcome the government of Uzbekistan’s engagement with the UPR…
September 21, 2018

New digital security law a further blow to media freedom and free expression in Bangladesh

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The Digital Security Act was passed despite protests from civil society and journalists DSA  incorporates other legislation that has been systematically used to silence…
September 21, 2018

Global rights group condemns violent repression of peaceful protests in eSwatini (formerly Swaziland)

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Global civil society alliance condemns ongoing violations of freedom of assembly At least two protesters shot, several injured in police attacks on marches Hundreds…
September 21, 2018

Djibouti at UN Human Rights Council: Adoption of Universal Periodic Review Report

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CIVICUS, DefendDefenders, and FIDH welcome the government of Djibouti's engagement with the UPR process. We also welcome the government’s commitment during its 3rd cycle…
September 21, 2018

Burkina Faso at UN Human Rights Council: Adoption of Universal Periodic Review Report

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Coalition Burkinabé des Défenseurs des Droits Humains, the West Africa Human Rights Defenders Network and CIVICUS welcome the government of Burkina Faso's engagement with…
September 21, 2018

Turkmenistan at UN Human Rights Council: Adoption of Universal Periodic Review Report

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CIVICUS welcomes the government of Turkmenistan's engagement with the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process. We welcome the release of journalist Saparmamed Nepeskuliev but note…
September 20, 2018

Statement on alarming trends of reprisals and killings -- 38 UN member states implicated

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Human Rights Council 39th session  Joint statement: ISHR & CIVICUS Interactive Dialogue with Assistant Secretary-General on the Secretary-General's report on cooperation with the United…
September 20, 2018

Attacks on opposition and media continue as elections approach in Maldives

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Attacks on opposition and media continue as elections approach in #Maldiveshttps://t.co/IVqYT0xf9w #Civicspace in The Maldives is rated as "Obstructed" by the @CIVICUSMonitor pic.twitter.com/oDnLZxAIy4 —…
September 18, 2018

Countries that require the attention of the UN Human Rights Council

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39th Session of the Human Rights Council Oral Statement   Members of the CIVICUS Alliance in Zimbabwe have expressed grave concern for the authorities’ heavy-handed…
September 18, 2018

Lysa John Announced as new CIVICUS SG

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The CIVICUS Board of Directors is pleased to announce that following an extensive international search and selection process, Lysa John will be joining CIVICUS…
September 18, 2018

SWEDEN: ‘Swedish civil society needs to defend democracy at the grassroots level on a daily…

As part of our 2018 report on the theme of reimagining democracy, we are interviewing civil society activists and leaders about their work to…
September 18, 2018

Colombia: Rise for Climate marchers unlawfully obstructed

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Peaceful activists and campesinos of the “Movimiento Rios Vivos” were unlawfully obstructed by police in Ituango, Colombia on 8 September 2018 as they participated…
September 17, 2018

United Kingdom responds to CIVICUS members’ Security Council questions

French | Spanish As part of its consultations with civil society during its Presidency of the Security Council for the month of August, the United…
September 17, 2018

Time to Sign: Stand with students & activists in Bangladesh

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Bangladesh: Release and drop all charges against all those arbitrarily arrested and investigate police abuse Global civil society alliance CIVICUS is calling for your…
September 14, 2018

Civic Space Initiative statement on public participation guidelines

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39th Session of the Human Rights Council General Debate Civic Space Initiative, including Article 19, CIVICUS, European Center for Not-for-profit Law, International Center for…
September 14, 2018

CIVIL SOCIETY ACCOUNTABILITY: ‘As civic space is under attack, building trust in civil society is…

Español As part of our 2018 report on the theme of reimagining democracy, we are interviewing civil society activists, leaders and specialists about their…
September 13, 2018

Malaysia: Senate’s rejection of bill abolishing fake news law a step backwards for the Pakatan…

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#Malaysia: Senate’s rejection of bill abolishing fake news law a step backwards for the new government says @CIVICUSalliance & @article19org https://t.co/umxxKFm2mF pic.twitter.com/yNLjvz0I3o — CIVICUS…
September 13, 2018

THE MALDIVES: ‘Civic space is practically nonexistent now’

CIVICUS speaks to Shahindha Ismail, Executive Director of the Maldivian Democracy Network, about the ongoing crackdown on dissent and the upcoming presidential elections in…
September 12, 2018

CIVICUS Addresses the New UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

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39th Session of the Human Rights Council   Opening Statement to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights  High Commissioner Bachelet, CIVICUS warmly welcomes you to the…
September 12, 2018

Orinoco mining arch: the crisis that few speak of in Venezuela

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By Marianna Belalba Barreto, researcher at CIVICUS, the World Alliance for Citizen Participation and Rafael Uzcategui, general coordinator of Provea, the Venezuelan Program of…
September 12, 2018

BINDING TREATY: ‘It's not a silver bullet, but it will be a step forward in…

Spanish  As part of our 2018 report on the theme of reimagining democracy, we are interviewing civil society activists, leaders and specialists about their…
September 11, 2018

Rural Colombia, Iván Duque and the peace agreements

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By Natalia Gómez is an Official of the Vuka Coalition! for civic action, part of the Global Alliance for Civil Society-CIVICUS. The author expresses…
September 11, 2018

750+ organizations highlight the vital role of the UN High Commissioner in calling out violators

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Joint NGO letter to the new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet – 5 September 2018 As local, national, regional, and international…
September 10, 2018

Deportation of human rights defender highlights repressive environment in Vietnam

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Vietnam arbitrarily detains and deports global human rights leader attending regional summit Senior Amnesty International official also denied entry to attend World Economic Forum…
September 10, 2018

Egypt: “Cyber crime” law another massive blow for freedom of expression

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The passing of the so called “cybercrime law” is another worrisome development for citizens in Egypt, adding another layer to the already repressive freedom…
September 07, 2018

Pacific Island leaders are tightening the screws on press freedom, dissent

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By Josef Benedict, CIVICUS  civic space research officer.  It’s not only climate change and rising sea levels that threaten the lives and well-being of Pacific…
September 06, 2018

Persecution of rural protest movement leaders continue as crisis deepens in Nicaragua

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Three campesino environmental activists mistreated in detention, awaiting trial UN report confirms continued targeting of campesino leaders by government UN staff expelled from Nicaragua…
September 06, 2018

Tanzania: ‘People can’t say what they want to say’

As part of our 2018 report on the theme of reimagining democracy, we are interviewing civil society activists and leaders about their work to…
September 05, 2018

SLOVENIA: ‘A fragmented political reality’

As part of our 2018 report on the theme of reimagining democracy, we are interviewing civil society activists and leaders about their work to…
September 05, 2018

Human rights monitoring needed in Democratic Republic of Congo

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Letter sent to UN Member State Missions Re: Creating a dedicated country-wide human rights monitoring and reporting mechanism on the Democratic Republic of Congo…
September 04, 2018

LATVIA: ‘Faced with hatred, we focus on delivering a human rights message’

As part of our 2018 report on the theme of reimagining democracy, we are interviewing civil society activists and leaders about their work to…
September 04, 2018

Treaty could protect environment and human rights in Latin America

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Over 200 civil society groups have issued a joint letter calling on governments in Latin America and the Caribbean to sign the Escazu Agreement…
September 03, 2018

CIVICUS condemns conviction of Reuters journalists on trial in Myanmar

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Global civil society alliance, CIVICUS, believes the conviction of two journalists employed by global news agency, Reuters, who have been on trial in Myanmar…
August 29, 2018

127 Rights groups call for immediate release of Nabeel Rajab after UN group calls his…

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Paris-Geneva-Manama- For the second time since 2013, the United Nations (UN) Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) has issued an Opinion regarding the legality…
August 29, 2018

South Sudan: ‘Our current regime is democratic only on paper, not in practice’

As part of our 2018 report on the theme of reimagining democracy, we are interviewing civil society activists and leaders about their work to…
August 29, 2018

Photos: Lives rent asunder by climate change in Bangladesh

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In 2018, two global agreements - one focused on the protection of refugees and the other on migration - are in the final stages…
August 28, 2018

West Papua, Indonesia: Failure to implement human rights protections in law contributes to violations

As part of our 2018 report on the theme of reimagining democracy, we are interviewing civil society activists and leaders about their work to…
August 27, 2018

Six countries added to watchlist of countries where civic freedoms are under serious threat

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New #civicspace watchlist - Six countries to keep an eye on: https://t.co/E5ih0npWYM pic.twitter.com/gWwAzUCHrz — CIVICUS (@CIVICUSalliance) August 20, 2018 Bangladesh, Maldives, Cameroon, DRC, Guatemala,…
August 27, 2018

Cambodia: Drop Fabricated Charges against ‘ADHOC 5’

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Cambodian authorities should immediately drop politically motivated bribery charges against five human rights defenders known as the ADHOC 5 (“FreeThe5KH” in social media campaigns),…
August 24, 2018

SADC fiddles while the DRC burns

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By Teldah Mawarire, Advocacy and Campaigns Officer and Ine van Severen, Civic Space Research Officer  When a home catches fire, neighbours dash out to fight the…
August 22, 2018

Marginalised Malaysians hope promised reforms will include their rights

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By Josef Benedict, Civic Space Reearch Officer  There is optimism following the 100 days of Malaysia’s new government – but the country’s marginalised groups…
August 22, 2018

Uganda: shocking violence against protesters requires urgent attention

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JOHANNESBURG: Shocking scenes have emerged from Uganda where police and the military have used live ammunition and extreme violence to disperse protestors demanding the…
August 17, 2018

Lack of progress on human rights commitments during gov't's first 100 days

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By David Kode, CIVICUS and  Matthew Bugher, Article 19 Dear Prime Minister, we congratulate you on your election victory on May 9, 2018, and your first…
August 17, 2018

‘People are eager to use any opportunities at hand to influence decision-making’

As part of our 2018 report on the theme of reimagining democracy, we are interviewing civil society activists and leaders about their work to…
August 16, 2018

RDC : ‘Il faudrait une plus grande implication de la société civile internationale pour mieux…

English Dans le cadre de notre rapport de 2018 sur le thème ‘réinventer la démocratie’, nous parlons et échangeons avec des activistes et des…
August 16, 2018

Tanzania: Civil society groups all on UN Human Rights Council to address crackdown on human…

30 civil society groups call on the #UN Human Rights Council to address the crackdown on human rights defenders and press in #Tanzania -…
August 15, 2018

France : ‘Il faut relier les organisations plus traditionnelles des droits humains avec celles issues…

English  Dans le cadre de notre rapport de 2018 sur le thème de « Réinventer la démocratie », nous parlons et échangeons avec des…
August 15, 2018

JOINT STATEMENT: Civil Society Groups Call for the Release of Tep Vanny

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Land activist and human rights defender Tep Vanny has been unjustly detained for two years, for defending the rights of the Boeung Kak Lake…
August 14, 2018

MÉXICO: ‘Buscamos incidir en las políticas públicas del próximo gobierno para contribuir a solucionar los…

English En el marco de nuestro informe temático 2018 sobre “Reimaginar la Democracia”, estamos dialogando con líderes, activistas y especialistas de la sociedad civil…
August 14, 2018

Liberian musician, Indian student and Angolan author named as global creative arts contest winners!

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What do a Liberian rapper, an Indian journalism graduate and a young Angolan author have in common?  They are all winners of a global…
August 13, 2018

Bangladesh: Release all those arbitrarily arrested and investigate police abuse

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To the President of Bangladesh, H.E. Md Abdul Hamid Bangladesh: Release all those arbitrarily arrested and investigate police abuse Dear President Hamid, We are…
August 13, 2018

Burundi: Continued UN investigation of human rights violations needed

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Frances To Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Geneva, Switzerland Burundi: Call to renew the mandate…
August 13, 2018

EGYPT: ‘The security-first approach is not working’

As part of our 2018 report on the theme of reimagining democracy, we are interviewing civil society activists and leaders about their work to…
August 07, 2018

Perpetrators of violence against protesters and journalists in Bangladesh must be held accountable

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A global human rights group has called for police and ruling party supporters to be held accountable for their violent responses to peaceful student…
August 06, 2018

SADC should urge respect of the rule of law in Zimbabwe’s post-elections crisis

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JOHANNESBURG: The Southern African Development Community (SADC) should urge Zimbabwean authorities to show restraint and respect of the rule of law in the wake…
August 06, 2018

G20: Why civil society should be at the table

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Spanish by Inés M. Pousadela, Senior Research Specialist As the G20 – the world’s wealthiest and most powerful states – meet in Argentina throughout…
August 06, 2018

We need new ways to protect people in the digital era

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By Danny Sriskandarajah In an age of ever-advancing, ever-encroaching technology, how do we ensure that our basic rights are protected? New technologies and the…
August 03, 2018

‘Democracy dies when no one works at keeping it alive’

As part of our 2018 report on the theme of reimagining democracy, we are interviewing civil society activists and leaders and their allies about…
August 03, 2018

Unanswered Questions: How Civil Society’s Contributions to Sustainable Development are Undermined at the HLPF

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By Lyndal Rowlands, CIVICUS UN Advocacy Officer  As Colombia joined 45 other countries in New York last month to review progress towards achieving the…
August 02, 2018

Maldives: Still no justice for abducted Maldives journalist

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Four years after the disappearance of journalist Ahmed Rilwan, the criminal court has acquitted two suspects on trial for abducting him.
August 02, 2018

IRAN: Political humour as a tool against authoritarian regimes

Ahead of the publication of the 2018 State of Civil Society Report on the theme of ‘Reimagining Democracy’, we are interviewing civil society activists…
August 01, 2018

‘Democracy is a struggle that never ends’

As part of our 2018 report on the theme of reimagining democracy, we are interviewing civil society activists and leaders about their work to…
July 31, 2018

Time to sign: Environmental rights and democracy in Latin America

El 27 de septiembre los gobiernos de America Latina y el Caribe pueden hacer historia y firmar el Acuerdo de Escazú. Exijamos que lo…
July 31, 2018

‘Most of what you hear is noise and government propaganda’

  As part of our 2018 report on the theme of reimagining democracy, we are interviewing civil society activists and leaders about their work…
July 30, 2018

Malaysia: Acquittal of individuals charged for sedition a positive move for free speech

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A Malaysian court has acquitted three government critics charged under the draconian Sedition Act A renown political cartoonist, a human rights lawyer and a…
July 30, 2018

‘What is underway is the promotion of an unequal society’

As part of our 2018 report on the theme of reimagining democracy, we are interviewing civil society activists and leaders about their work to…
July 30, 2018

After elections, hard work starts for Zimbabwe’s civil society

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By Teldah Mawarire, CIVICUS Campaigns and Advocacy Officer For many Zimbabwean voters, casting their ballots on July 30 is sure to be a somewhat…
July 29, 2018

Joint Statement: End judicial harassment of Singaporean activist Jolovan Wham

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CIVICUS, the global civil society alliance and its partners Asia Democracy Network (ADN), Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), Forum Asia, Instituto de Comunicación y…
July 27, 2018

Government repression undermines legitimacy of Cambodian elections

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Legitimacy of upcoming #Cambodia elections questioned as Hun Sen has narrowed democratic space by cracking down on opposition & journalists & attempting to silence…
July 26, 2018

Can Zim exiles finally return home?

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By Teldah Mawarire, Advocacy and Campaigns Coordinator  I know many Zimbabweans in the diaspora. I am one of them. Many such exiled Zimbabweans have…
July 24, 2018

‘We are increasingly seeing the dark side of civil society’

  Ahead of the publication of the 2018 report on the theme of ‘Reimagining Democracy’, we are interviewing civil society activists and leaders about…
July 23, 2018

‘Civil society needs a compelling counter-narrative’

Ahead of the publication of the 2018 State of Civil Society Report on the theme of ‘Reimagining Democracy’, we are interviewing civil society activists…
July 18, 2018

Des citoyen(ne)s responsables peuvent devenir des sentinelles de la démocratie

English En vue de la publication du Rapport sur l'état de la société civile 2018 sur le thème de « Réinventer la démocratie »,…
July 18, 2018

Should not meeting the Sustainable Development Goals get you fired?

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By Danny Sriskandarajah The problem with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), was that no one ever lost their job for failing to meet an…
July 17, 2018

‘We are an activist group that seeks to restore faith in democracy’

Ahead of the publication of the 2018 State of Civil Society Report on the theme of ‘Reimagining Democracy’, we are interviewing civil society activists…
July 13, 2018

‘People have power, even if they don’t usually feel like they do’

Ahead of the publication of the 2018 State of Civil Society Report on the theme of ‘Reimagining Democracy’, we are interviewing civil society activists…
July 12, 2018

CIVICUS Joint UN Universal Periodic Review submissions on civil society space

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Submissions on civil society space– Afghanistan, Chile, Eritrea, Macedonia, Vietnam & Yemen The #UN is conducting human rights reviews for #Afghanistan, #Chile, #Eritrea, #Macedonia,…
July 11, 2018

Why the Human Rights Council matters to grassroots activists

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Ten good reasons for the #US to leave the UN Human Rights Council. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. (there…
July 10, 2018

‘Cuando los migrantes son ciudadanos de segunda, se degrada la democracia’

English En vistas de la publicación del Informe 2018 sobre el Estado de la Sociedad Civil, que girará en torno del tema “Reimaginar la…
July 10, 2018

Rights Groups: Latest arrests part of government campaign to silence activists

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CIVICUS & @karapatan call for immediate & unconditional release of all detained #humanrights defenders & development workers, & for authorities to investigate & prosecute…
July 09, 2018

Outcomes & reflections from UN Human Rights Council

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38th Session of the Human Rights Council End of Session Joint Civil Society Statement Our organisations welcome the adoption of the resolutions on civil…
July 05, 2018

Wanted: Strong UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

in Geneva

38th Session Human Rights Council Joint Statement* We want to highlight key features for the next High Commissioner – one of the world’s premier human…
July 05, 2018

Your Questions Answered at UN Security Council

Today I asked President of the UN Security Council Olof Skoog on behalf of @CIVICUSalliance member @Awwad_Nouhad what the council is doing to protect…
July 04, 2018

What's the status of the Sustainable Development Goals? UN & civil society annual meeting

The 2018 High Level Political Forum will be held at UN headquarters in New York from Monday 9 to Wednesday 18 July. At the annual forum,…
July 02, 2018

Mexico’s elections: The battle at the ballot box, the easiest one ahead

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By Inés Pousadela  In a study released earlier this month, researchers from El Colegio de México (Colmex) were emphatic about what they found to…
July 02, 2018

JOURNÉE INTERNATIONALE DE LA JEUNESSE 2018: 'A travers les arts et l'imagination'

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Ré-imaginer la démocratie: à la recherche de voix réduites au silence   Appel Johannesburg, 3 juillet 2018 - Que signifie la démocratie pour vous?…
July 02, 2018

DIA INTERNACIONAL DE LA JUVENTUD 2018: 'A través de las artes y la imaginación'

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Re-imaginar la democracia: en busca de voces silenciadas   Convocatoria Johannesburgo, 3 de julio de 2018 - ¿Qué significa para ti la democracia? ¿Cómo…
July 02, 2018

2018 INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DAY: ‘Through Arts and Imagination’

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Re-Imagining Democracy: in search of silenced voices   Call for Submissions Johannesburg, 3 July 2018 – What does democracy mean to you? How are…
June 29, 2018

Tanzania’s Illiberal Tilt

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By Teldah Mawarire  Immediately after his 2015 election, Tanzanian President John Magufuli appeared poised to lead one of Africa’s most stable democracies to a…
June 29, 2018

Burundi at UN Human Rights Council: Adoption of Universal Periodic Review Report

in Geneva

38th Session of UN Human Rights Council Adoption of the UPR report of Burundi  Mr. President, DefendDefenders and CIVICUS take note of the government’s…
June 28, 2018

Serbia at UN Human Rights Council: Adoption of Universal Periodic Review Report

in Geneva

38th Session of UN Human Rights Council Adoption of the UPR report of the Republic of Serbia   The Human Rights House Belgrade (Lawyer’s Committee…
June 28, 2018

Israel at UN Human Rights Council: Adoption of Universal Periodic Review Report

in Geneva

38th Session of UN Human Rights Council Adoption of the UPR report of Israel Mr. President, this is a joint statement by the Palestinian…
June 28, 2018

United Arab Emirates at UN Human Rights Council: Adoption of Universal Periodic Review Report

in Geneva

38th Session of UN Human Rights Council Adoption of the UPR report of the United Arab Emirates  The Gulf Centre for Human Rights, the…
June 28, 2018

UN NGO Committee Consultations

On Friday 22nd June 2018, the UN NGO Committee convened consultations with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in consultative status with the United Nations. The consultations,…
June 28, 2018

France at UN Human Rights Council: Adoption of Universal Periodic Review Report

in Geneva

In our Universal Periodic Review submission, we documented that since its last review, France only partially implemented one of the two recommendations it received relating…
June 28, 2018

UN Human Rights Council: Civic space in Eritrea

in Geneva

38th Session of UN Human Rights Council Dialogue with UN Special Rapporteur on Eritrea On behalf of CIVICUS, Reporters without Borders, the Eritrean Movement…
June 27, 2018

UN Human Rights Council: Civic Space in Egypt, Tanzania and Vietnam

in Geneva

38th Session of the Human Rights Council   General Debate – civic space in Egypt, Tanzania and Vietnam CIVICUS is concerned about the situation…
June 27, 2018

‘#MeToo is a feminist movement and feminism perfects democracy’

Ahead of the publication of the 2018 State of Civil Society Report on the theme of ‘reimagining democracy’, we are interviewing civil society activists…
June 27, 2018

CIVICUS Announces Leadership transition

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It is with a mix of sadness and appreciation that the CIVICUS Board of Directors announces that Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah will be stepping down from his…
June 25, 2018

Corruption in Zambia: 42 fire trucks for $42m

in Op-Eds

By Teldah Mawarire and Laura Miti The African Union (AU) will host a heads of state summit in Mauritania on June 25, under the…
June 22, 2018

Nepal government must halt efforts to curtail civil society organisations

in News

A new proposed policy by the government of Nepal would further curtail the work of international and national non-governmental organisations (NGOs) operating in the…
June 21, 2018

Nigerian president Buhari must ensure release of journalist Jones Abiri

in News

President Muhammadu Buhari Aso Villa, Yakubu Gowon Crescent,  The Three Arms Zone, Asokoro,  Abuja, FTC, Nigeria Dear President Muhammadu Buhari, We at the Committee…
June 21, 2018

Civil Society Responses to US Withdrawal From UN Human Rights Council

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Following the announcement of the United States withdrawal from the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), a number of civil society organisations with offices…
June 19, 2018

Response to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights update

in Geneva

38th Session of the Human Rights Council   Update of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights  CIVICUS welcomes the High Commissioner’s final update…
June 19, 2018

Civic Space and the World Cup

in News

See who SCORES the highest #civicspace rating amongst the 32 countries competing in the #WorldCup: https://t.co/7UI0yx5xpY pic.twitter.com/0hiOjaYuDn — CIVICUS (@CIVICUSalliance) June 15, 2018 Football…
June 18, 2018

UN Human Rights Council: New Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association

in Geneva

38th Session of the Human Rights Council   Interactive Dialogue with Special Rapporteur on freedom of peaceful assembly and of association and the  Independent…
June 18, 2018

Incertidumbre en Colombia: La paz en tiempos de elecciones

in Op-Eds

Por Inés Pousadela  Lo que en cualquier democracia “normal” sería considerado un dato rutinario devino recientemente en Colombia un hecho de significación histórica: las…
June 15, 2018

CIVICUS at the 38th Session of the Human Rights Council

in Geneva

The 38th session of the UN Human Rights Council, from 18 June to 6 July 2018, will consider core civic space issues of freedom…
June 14, 2018

‘Democracy is not failing the American people - politicians 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…
June 13, 2018

Palestine: Israel must end impunity and indiscriminate attacks on protestors

in News

One month after a horrific massacre of protesters in the occupied Palestinian territory, global civil society alliance, CIVICUS is urging accountability for the unacceptably…
June 12, 2018

Nicaragua: Cese de la violencia en contra de los manifestantes pacíficos

in News

Inglés CIVICUS y @CoordinadoraCC exigen al presidente de #Nicaragua el cese inmediato de la violencia contra las protestas pacíficas que se están desarrollando en…