June 10, 2021

Malaysia: Authorities reverting to repressive tactics of former governments to throttle expression online

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🇲🇾#Malaysia: Authorities have launched a systematic campaign to silence critical voices online. We join civil society orgs in calling the government to cease baseless…
June 08, 2021

French Separatism Bill threatens fundamental freedoms, warn civil society organisations

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The proposed French "separatism" bill («Projet de loi confortant le respect des principes de la République») could threaten rights and civil liberties, according to…
June 07, 2021

Fighting for democracy from afar: Myanmar activists in the diaspora

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In Myanmar, thousands of pro-democracy supporters have taken to the streets since February to demand an end to the military coup. So far, the…
June 07, 2021

Tracking 10 years of protests: here’s what we’ve learned

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By Andrew Firmin, Editor-in-Chief of CIVICUS Protests have been rebuffed, brutally, by states. The consequences of the violent response to those peaceful uprisings across…
June 04, 2021

Bangladesh: No accountability for killing of Mushtaq Ahmed 100 days on

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🇧🇩#Bangladesh: Over 100 days since dissident writer, Mushtaq Ahmed, was killed in prison. The facts:🟠Nobody brought to justice🟠Mushtaq in prison for criticising govt's #COVID19…
June 04, 2021

The French “separatism” bill raises concerns for rights and civil liberties

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Dear Commissioner Didier Reynders, Dear Michael O’Flaherty, Cc: Commissioner Ylva Johansson, Vice President Vera Jourová The French “separatism” bill raises concerns for rights and…
May 28, 2021

INDONESIA: “Peaceful pro-independence activists may be labeled as terrorists”

CIVICUS speaks to Samuel Awom, Coordinator of the human rights group KontraS Papua, which monitors human rights violations, advocates for victims and works for…
May 27, 2021

Special session to address the grave human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories including…

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UN Human Rights Council – Special session to address the grave human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories including East Jerusalem  May 2021…
May 26, 2021

#BLM beyond the US: Anti-racist struggles in Latin America

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By Inés Pousadela, Senior Research Specialist at CIVICUS In the year that has passed since the murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis…
May 26, 2021

People Power: Why mobilisations matter even in a pandemic

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By Mandeep Tiwana, Chief Programmes Officer at CIVICUS Major political transformations in modern history have been catalysed through largely peaceful protests. Sustained mass mobilisations…
May 26, 2021

Call on UNHRC to adopt a resolution on human rights situation in Occupied Palestine

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HRC 30th Special Session: Call on the United Nations Human Rights Council to adopt a resolution on the grave human rights situation in the…
May 26, 2021

Protests prove the power of collective action as states fail pandemic test, says new report

OUT NOW! New State of Civil Society Report looks at where people have mobilised to demand more just, equal & sustainable societies during the…
May 25, 2021

Fightbacks led by the young offer hope for democracy in Africa

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By Andrew Firmin, Editor-in-Chief of CIVICUS Elections should offer opportunities for citizens to make demands of their political leaders, debate alternatives and express dissent.…
May 25, 2021

Cambodia: Stop silencing critical commentary on COVID-19

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🇰🇭#Cambodia: Government authorities have arrested dozens of individuals for expressing critical opinions about the government’s response to #COVID19. The virus is the enemy not…
May 24, 2021

Belarus: Release arrested journalist after forced emergency landing at Minsk Airport

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✈️#Belarus: The use of a false security threat to force the landing of a plane carrying journalist, Roman Protasevich, is a new low even…
May 24, 2021

Civil society calls on UN member states to address Israeli attacks against Palestinians

Regional and international civil society organisations from around the world call on United Nations Member States to address the escalating and institutionalised Israeli attacks…
May 24, 2021

India: Chronology of harassment against human rights defender Sudha Bharadwaj

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Sudha Bharadwaj, aged 59, is a human rights lawyer and activist who has spent her life defending Indigenous people in India and protecting workers’…
May 24, 2021

Why are African countries undermining the rights bodies they created?

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By David Kode, Advocacy & Campaigns Lead at CIVICUS The 68th Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) has just concluded. For…
May 20, 2021

Afghanistan: Joint call for immediate end to attacks against HRDs & need for protection &…

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The threats, harassment, intimidation, and attacks against human rights defenders, activists, journalists, and media workers in Afghanistan must end – the undersigned international human…
May 19, 2021

Benin downgraded as civic freedoms deteriorate

Judicial persecution of journalists and activists Recent legislative and presidential elections marred by protests, violence and human rights violations. A number of opposition members…
May 19, 2021

Indonesia: Activists at risk in the Papua region

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Global civil society alliance, CIVICUS is extremely concerned about the risks facing activists in the region of Papua following new counter-insurgency operations in the…
May 12, 2021

Chad: Stop violence against peaceful protesters and respect democratic rights of Chadians

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Chadian authorities must stop the brutal repression of peaceful protesters and ensure an immediate democratic transition in Chad, says global civil society alliance CIVICUS.…
May 12, 2021

Uganda: Stop arrests, detention, and targeting of opposition leaders and activists ahead of inauguration

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🇺🇬#Uganda: Over 40 activists have been arrested ahead of today's presidential inauguration of @KagutaMuseveni Our statement on the arrests and the continued targeting of…
May 12, 2021

Intersessional panel on the responsibility to protect

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Delivered by Lisa Majumdar Thank you, Madame President, and thank you to the panelists for the discussion.  The Human Rights Council provides a critical…
May 11, 2021

Eritrea: renew vital mandate of UN Special Rapporteur

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To: Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the United Nations Human Rights Council (Geneva, Switzerland)  Excellencies,  In 2020, the UN Human Rights…
May 07, 2021

Hong Kong: The international community must take a principled stand against repression

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Joint statement with FORUM Asia and Asia Democracy Network The international community must take a strong, principled stand against the escalating repression and reprisals…
May 06, 2021

MYANMAR: “The military turned medical workers from heroes to criminals overnight”

CIVICUS speaks to Nay Lin Tun, a medical doctor who regularly volunteers with rescue teams in emergency areas in the city of Yangon, Myanmar.…
May 05, 2021

Colombia: Stop brutal attacks and killings of protesters

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🇨🇴At least 20 killed in #Colombia as police brutally crackdown on protests. The government must guarantee the safety of its citizens & protect the…
May 05, 2021

Cambodia: Conviction of environmental defenders another blow to civil society

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From left to right: Long Kunthea, Thun Ratha and Phuon Keoreaksmey The conviction of environmental defenders today highlights again the rapid deterioration of human rights and…
May 04, 2021

Malaysia: Muhyiddin government escalating efforts to silence dissent

  Global civil society alliance CIVICUS is extremely concerned by the escalation of repression of critical voices by the Malaysian authorities in recent weeks.…
May 03, 2021

PHILIPPINES: ‘The charges against me are part of the government’s efforts at silencing its critics’

CIVICUS speaks with the chairperson of human rights group Karapatan, Elisa ‘Tita’ Lubi, who currently faces fabricated charges of attempted murder. She was accused…
April 29, 2021

Press freedom vital in the fight against the pandemic

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Freelance journalist Hopewell Chin'ono. Credit: Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights By Sibahle Zuma, Researcher with CIVICUS Access to accurate information is vitally important during the…
April 28, 2021

Myanmar: ASEAN meeting outcomes ignores assault on rights and civil society

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Global civil society alliance CIVICUS is disappointed that the outcomes of the regional ASEAN summit held in Jakarta fell short of what is necessary…
April 27, 2021

Singapore yet to address civic freedom gaps ahead of UN review

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Human rights groups CIVICUS and FORUM-ASIA call on UN member states to urge the government of Singapore to protect civic freedoms as its human…
April 26, 2021

Freedom Day: more needs to be done to stop killings of LGBTQI+ people in South…

Photo by Brenton Geach/Gallo Images via Getty Images It has been almost thirty years since Freedom Day was first introduced in South Africa but…
April 26, 2021

What Oscar-nominated film ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’ tells us about protest rights

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Source: Open Democracy By Susan Wilding, Head of CIVICUS' Geneva office The Trial of the Chicago 7’ is up for six Oscars at the…