January 16, 2020

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

in Geneva

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

Counter-terrorism laws provide a smokescreen for civil society restrictions

in Op-Eds

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

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

in News

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

Dakar Rally community must #StandWithSaudiHeroes

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

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

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

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

in Op-Eds

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

2019 Was a Dark Year for Civic Freedoms in Asia

in Op-Eds

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

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

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

Cambodia: Charges against journalists must be dropped

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

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

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

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

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

Groups call for respect for peaceful protest in Colombia

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

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

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

Laos and Thailand must investigate enforced disappearances

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

#ShiftThePower, exciting possibilities and challenges for resourcing

Left to Right: Dumiso Gatsha, SDGs Goalkeeper and founder of Success Capital NGO & Degan Ali, Executive Director at Adeso  A growing movement of people is…
December 04, 2019

Burundi: A president “chosen by God” and those who disagree

in Op-Eds

By Paul Mulindwa, advocacy and campaigns officer at CIVICUS Four years after Burundi’s crisis began, 300,000 people have fled the country for safety. A further 116,000 are internally displaced…
December 03, 2019

Iranian authorities must put an end to violence against peaceful protesters across the country

in News

Starting on 15 November 2019, mass protests have erupted in Iran in response to a three-fold rise in petrol costs. Protesters have called for…
December 03, 2019

Iraq: Authorities must immediately stop targeting protesters, activists, journalists and the media

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 بالعربية We, the undersigned human rights organisations, call on the Iraqi government to immediately cease the use of lethal and excessive force against protesters.…
December 02, 2019

Concerns over violent repression of protests in Latin America and the Caribbean

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A wave of social protests has engulfed Latin America and the Caribbean, with people in Ecuador, Haiti, Chile, Bolivia and Colombia taking to the…
November 29, 2019

Fiji’s review at the Human Rights Council highlights lack of progress on civic freedoms

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By Josef Benedict, civic space research officer at CIVICUS This November in Geneva, the United Nations examined Fiji’s human rights record for the third time. Every…
November 27, 2019

CHILE: ‘There has been a citizen awakening of historical proportions’

Protests broke out in Chile in October 2019, initially led by students rejecting an increase in the price of transport and quickly escalating into…
November 26, 2019

UN must condemn systematic violations of fundamental freedoms in Hong Kong

in Geneva

The UN’s highest official principally responsible for human rights, High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet, should publicly denounce the Hong Kong Government for its systematic violations…
November 21, 2019

Report: Groups attacking human rights becoming more prevalent, prominent and powerful

New report reveals that groups attacking hard-fought human rights are on the rise globally. Groups threatening progressive rights worldwide are growing in number, are…
November 20, 2019

BANGLADESH: ‘Out of fear, people are being silent’

CIVICUS speaks with Aklima Ferdows, who works with the Centre for Social Activism in Bangladesh, about civil society’s challenges and support needs in the…
November 20, 2019

Pakistan: Civil society calls for the immediate release of Mohammed Ismail

 UPDATE 26 November 2019:  🇵🇰Our friend and partner, Professor Ismail, has just been released on bail by the #Pakistan government. He should never have…
November 20, 2019

MALAYSIA: ‘We need global solidarity to push back on attacks on rights’

As part of our 2019 thematic report, we are interviewing civil society activists and leaders about their experiences of backlash from anti-rights groups and…
November 20, 2019

Out in the cold: The plight of the UWC 143

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By Masana Ndinga-Kanga, Crisis Response Fund lead at CIVICUS and Lundi Mazizi, co-ordinator of the UWC Ex-Workers Movement So much can happen in 900 days. Presidents can…
November 15, 2019

The UN at 75: Time to Give Citizens a Voice

in Op-Eds

By Andreas Bummel the Executive Director of Democracy Without Borders, Lysa John Secretary-General of CIVICUS and Bruno Kaufmann is co-president of the Global Forum on Modern Direct…
November 15, 2019

Letter from Jail: Members of poetry troupe in Myanmar

Letter from Zeyar Lwin and Paing Ye Thu members of the Peacock Generation in Myanmar Seven members of the Peacock Generation—Kay Khine Tun, Zayar…
November 14, 2019

International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists: NGOs call for immediate actions

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بالعربية Beirut – To mark the 6th International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, on 02 November 2019, which was approved by…
November 13, 2019

Iraq: Vicious tactics used against protesters and human rights defenders

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بالعربية The Iraqi government has stepped up its violent crackdown on peaceful demonstrators, including human rights defenders and other activists, as the campaign of…
November 13, 2019

The CIVICUS Youth Action Team welcomes new members

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Five new members recently joined the CIVICUS Youth Action Team (YAT). They will serve a renewable 14-month term until December 2020. Their role will…
November 12, 2019

Omar Barghouti at risk of deportation as Israel plans to revoke his residency status

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بالعربية “I plan to act quickly to revoke Omar Barghouti’s resident status in Israel” Arye Deri, Israel’s Interior Minister, 6 October 2019 On 6…
November 11, 2019

TAIWAN: Same-sex marriage legalisation a joint effort of government and civil society

In May 2019 Taiwan became the first nation in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage. CIVICUS speaks to Minister Audrey Tang about this historical decision…
November 11, 2019

CHILD RIGHTS: ‘Anti-child rights groups are making up stories to convince the public’

As part of our 2019 thematic report, we are interviewing civil society activists, leaders and experts about their experience of facing backlash by anti-rights…
November 05, 2019

Civil Society calls on Fiji to address civic space concerns

in Geneva

On 6 November 2019, Fiji’s human rights record will be reviewed by UN member states as part of the 34th session of the Universal…