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 and an end to…

بالعربية The undersigned members of CIVICUS, the global alliance of civil society organisations, and the Affinity Group of National Associations (AGNA) call for the…
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

in Op-Eds

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

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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…
November 04, 2019

Mexico: Beyond a trend, community philanthropy has been essential to build people power

This article is part of the #StoriesOfResilience series, coordinated by CIVICUS to feature groups and activists on their journey to promote better resourcing practices…
November 04, 2019

The Rapid Decline in Civic Freedoms: 5 Countries to Keep an Eye on

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By Ine Van Severen, Civic Space Researcher at CIVICUS 2019 has been a year of protest. From Algeria, to Chile, to Hong Kong, ordinary people have…
November 01, 2019

Donors aren't investing in a resilient civil society in Latin America, but philanthropy bodies stand…

in Op-Eds

By Clara Bosco, civil society resourcing advisor at CIVICUS These last years have marked the tipping point of a growing disconnect between citizens and public institutions in…
October 31, 2019

SRI LANKA: ‘Trolls accusing people of being traitors are organised and political’

Ahead of the Sri Lankan presidential elections on 16 November 2019, CIVICUS spoke with Sandya Ekneligoda, a human rights defender and campaigner for justice…
October 25, 2019

Global rights group condemns detention of human rights activist in Pakistan

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Global rights alliance condemns the detention of Muhammad Ismail, a human rights activist and CIVICUS member who has been promoting human rights in Pakistan for…
October 25, 2019

CLIMATE CHANGE: Feminists have pushed for marginalised voices to be heard

As calls grow for climate action to be more responsive to frontline communities, CIVICUS spoke to Maria Nailevu, a feminist climate activist from Fiji,…
October 24, 2019

SUDAN: Young activists show climate solidarity through drought, floods and tears

بالعربية CIVICUS speaks to Nisreen Al Sayeem, Chair of the Sudan Youth Organization on Climate Change and Coordinator of Youth and Environment - Sudan…
October 22, 2019

Maldives: Civil society groups call for better respect for civic freedoms in report to the…

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Joint statement on Maldives ahead of human rights review in 2020 Civil society groups CIVICUS and FORUM-ASIA have submitted information to the UN Human Rights…
October 20, 2019

14 member states elected to UN Human Rights Council

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Last week (17 October), 14 new member states were elected to the 47-member state Human Rights Council for the 2020-2022 term. Among them were…
October 18, 2019

Five countries added to the civic space watchlist

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Egypt, China (Hong Kong), Colombia, Guinea and Kazakhstan join global watchlist Escalating rights violations include arrests, abductions and assassinations of activists, as well as…
October 18, 2019

Zombies in Post-Apartheid South Africa: Satirical protest & mobilisation against Apartheid-era policies in Cape Town

On 30 September 2019 an unusual scene flooded Cape Town as ‘zombie’ protesters fled through the inner city in a satirical protest against the…
October 16, 2019

Country recommendations on civic space for Universal Periodic Review

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CIVICUS makes joint UN Universal Periodic Review submissions on civil society space in Honduras, Malawi and Maldives CIVICUS and its partners have made joint…
October 15, 2019

Vibrant Civil Society Essential for Sustainable Development in Iran

in Op-Eds

By Masana Ndinga-Kanga, Crisis Response Fund Lead at CIVICUS & Sohrab Razzaghi is Executive Director of Volunteer Activists Institute  2019 has not been a good year for…
October 14, 2019

Interview with AfricaNews: Concern over human rights violations in Egypt

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In an interview with @africanews @DaveKode speaks about the recent crackdown on protests and mass arrests of #HRDs, academics and journalists in #Egypt https://t.co/EO8hrjVJAK…
October 14, 2019

Mozambique: Killing of activist Dr. Matavel & restrictions on civic space mar upcoming elections

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Portuguese Open letter to the Government of Mozambique Your Excellency, We, the undersigned orgnisations, are deeply alarmed by the escalating crackdown on fundamental freedoms…
October 14, 2019

ANTI-RIGHTS GROUPS: ‘Their true objective is to eliminate all government policies related to gender’

As part of our 2019 thematic report, we are interviewing civil society activists, leaders and experts about their experiences of backlash from anti-rights groups…
October 11, 2019

Serbia’s Civic Space Downgraded

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The downgrade is based on an assessment of conditions for the exercise of the freedoms of association, peaceful assembly and expression on the CIVICUS…
October 11, 2019

On 10th anniversary of ACPRA, NGOs call on Saudi authorities to release all detained members

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ARABIC On October 12, 2019, which marks the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Saudi Association for Civil and Political Rights (ACPRA), the…
October 10, 2019

Iraq: Freedom of speech and assembly under attack as over 100 killed & hundreds arrested

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ARABIC The undersigned international, regional and Iraqi human rights organisations demand that the authorities in Iraq immediately uphold promises to put an end to…
October 07, 2019

Civil Society Organisations condemn the continued investigation of ex-RFA journalists Yeang Sothearin and Uon Chhin

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Phnom Penh, 07 October 2019 - We, the undersigned civil society organisations strongly condemn the decision by the Municipal Court judge to continue the…
October 07, 2019

Exposing human rights violations through sport in Eritrea — is anyone taking notice?

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By David Kode, advocacy and campaigns lead at CIVICUS Sport is a major unifier among all nations and the plight of Eritrean athletes should…
October 04, 2019

Open letter to the Emirati authorities to free HRD, Ahmed Mansoor on his 50th Birthday

On 22 October, Ahmed Mansoor will turn 50 in prison so CIVICUS and partners have organised a series of actions to help #FreeAhmed and…