April 15, 2019

Hard Battle Ahead for Independent Arab Media

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By Mouna Ben Garga, Innovation Officer CIVICUS This article is part of a series on the current state of civil society organisations (CSOs), the focus of…
April 12, 2019

Shining a Spotlight on the Strengths & Challenges of Civil Society in the Balkans

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By Lysa John, CIVICUS Secretary General  This article is part of a series on the current state of civil society organisations (CSOs), which is…
April 12, 2019

Attacks on Media in the Balkans Sound Alarm Bells for Democracy

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By Susan Wilding, Head of Geneva, CIVICUS  This article is part of a series on the current state of civil society organisations (CSOs), which is…
April 12, 2019

Singapore: Anti-fake news bill another tool to suppress criticism and dissent

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The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and CIVICUS, the global civil society alliance, are extremely concerned by a new bill that…
April 11, 2019

International Civil Society Week closes with #FreedomRunner launch

  Belgrade, Serbia – More than 200 civil society leaders and human rights activists from some 100 countries were seen running through the streets…
April 11, 2019

CIVICUS alliance new board members

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Global civil society alliance CIVICUS was pleased to announce the new elected CIVICUS board during the International Civil Society Week - ICSW in Serbia,…
April 10, 2019

Rise in Cyberlaws Across Southeast Asia Spell Bad News for Human Rights & Democracy

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By Josef Benedict Civic Space Researcher, CIVICUS This article is part of a series on the state of civil society organisations (CSOs), which is…
April 09, 2019

In Diverse Southeast Asia, Growing Ethnic & Religious Intolerance Pose Serious Threat to Stability

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  By Josef Benedict Civic Space Researcher, CIVICUS This article is part of a series on the current state of civil society organisations (CSOs),…
April 09, 2019

Beyond Venezuela’s bad news headlines, success stories of people power shine through

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By Marianna Belalba Barreto Civic Space Research Lead, CIVICUS and Felipe Caicedo Otero Researcher, Latin American and Caribbean Network for Democracy (REDLAD) Search the keyword “Venezuela” online or check…
April 08, 2019

CSOs call for action for inclusive Sustainable Development process at Civil Society Summit in Belgrade

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Belgrade, Serbia – Civil society organisation (CSO) representatives, development workers, activists, and campaigners from all over the world are gathering in Belgrade, Serbia on…
April 06, 2019

UN Declaration defends peasant farmers, but will it help stop attacks and human rights abuses?

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By Natalia Gomez Peña, CIVICUS Advocacy & Engagement Officer This article is has been produced in partnership with CIVICUS in the context of the International Civil…
April 05, 2019

Human Rights Defenders Need to be Defended as Much as they Defend our Rights

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By Micahel Frost, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, and a speaker at the International Civil Society Week, 8-12…
April 03, 2019

Grassroots Organising Points the way in Fight Against Rising Repression

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By Lysa John, CIVICUS Secretary General This article is part of a series on the current state of civil society organisations (CSOs), which will…
April 02, 2019

Global civil society condemns the criminalisation of human rights defenders in Guatemala

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  Joint letter condemns the criminalisation of human rights defenders Claudia Samayoa and José Martínez in Guatemala We the undersigned organizations are gravelly alarmed…
April 02, 2019

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

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  CIVICUS makes seven joint UN Universal Periodic Review submissions on civil society space in Angola, Egypt, El Salvador, Iran, Iraq, Fiji and Madagascar CIVICUS…
April 02, 2019

Egypt hosting the African Commission to cover human rights abuses?

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By David Kode, CIVICUS Advocacy and Campaigns Lead  The timing could not have been more perfect for Egyptian President Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi. His country…
March 27, 2019

World facing a global compassion deficit finds new CIVICUS report

Government attacks on humanitarian organisations on the rise globally Right-wing populists, nationalists and extremist groups being mobilised to attack vulnerable groups such as refugees,…
March 26, 2019

CHINA: ‘Crackdown on Jasic labour struggle seeks to eliminate unrest during economic downturn’

In July 2018, police in Shenzhen in Guangdong Province, China detained and used physical violence against several workers at Jasic Technology, a welding equipment…
March 23, 2019

Conclusions from the 40th Session of the Human Rights Council

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  Joint NGO Statement - End of 40th Session of the UN Human Rights Council We welcome the positive step the Council has taken…
March 22, 2019

Emirati Women continue to face Systemic Oppression by Authorities

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Women in the United Arab Emirates continue to face incredible barriers to their rights to civic freedoms by state and non-state actors. Living under…
March 20, 2019

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

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  Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Sudan, and Venezuela join global watchlist Escalating rights violations include killings, attacks on protesters, media restrictions and arbitrary detentions…
March 18, 2019

Attacks on women’s day march in Malaysia inconsistent with the government’s commitment to fundamental freedoms

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Amnesty International, Article 19 and CIVICUS strongly condemn the government backlash against the International Women’s Day march held in Malaysia on 9 March 2019.…
March 15, 2019

Joint letter: Renew the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran

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TO: Member states of the United Nations Human Rights Council 15 March, 2019 Your Excellency, We, the undersigned Iranian and international human rights organisations,…
March 15, 2019

Mexico: Adoption of Universal Periodic Review Report

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  UN Human Rights Council – 40th Session 15 March 2019 Oral Statement CIVICUS welcomes the government of Mexico's engagement with the UPR process.…
March 15, 2019

Senegal: Adoption of Universal Periodic Review Report

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  UN Human Rights Council – 40th Session 15 March 2019 Oral Statement The Senegalese Coalition of Human Rights Defenders (COSEDDH) and CIVICUS welcome…
March 15, 2019

Malaysia: Adoption of Universal Periodic Review Report

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  UN Human Rights Council – 40th Session 15 March 2019 Oral Statement Pusat Komas and CIVICUS welcome the government of Malaysia’s engagement with…
March 15, 2019

Nigeria: Adoption of Universal Periodic Review Report

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  UN Human Rights Council – 40th Session 15 March 2019 Oral Statement The Nigeria Network of NGOs and CIVICUS welcome the Government of…
March 15, 2019

Jordan: Adoption of Universal Periodic Review Report

in Geneva

  UN Human Rights Council – 40th Session 15 March 2019 Oral Statement The Arab NGO Network on Development, the Phenix Center for Economic…
March 14, 2019

CIVICUS at the UN Commission on the Status of Women

  Together with our members, CIVICUS is participating in the Commission on the Status of Women (11-22 March, UN Headquarters, New York). This is the 63rd…
March 13, 2019

States should defend environmental human rights defenders

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Joint Letter at the 40th session of the UN Human Rights Council Our organisations are calling on all UN Member States to demonstrate their support…
March 13, 2019

Human Rights Situations of Concern: Ethiopia

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  While acknowledging the integral role that this Council plays in holding governments to account for wilfully persecuting individuals and groups who speak truth…
March 13, 2019

Demanding gender equality is not terrorism! Saudi Arabia must drop all charges against detained WHRDs

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Last week 36 member states condemned the human rights violations of Saudi Arabia, calling for the release of Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs), including…
March 12, 2019

Burundi: Human rights violations continue

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  UN Human Rights Council – 40th regular session Interactive dialogue with the Commission of Inquiry on Burundi CIVICUS is extremely concerned that grave…
March 12, 2019

36 States stand with Saudi women human rights defenders

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The massive crackdown on women #HumanRightsDefenders in #SaudiArabia must stop. Here is what can be done. pic.twitter.com/eIwk7xFYZR — OMCT (@omctorg) March 7, 2019 Human…
March 12, 2019

Alarming trends facing protest movements

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  40th Session of the Human Rights Council Statement delivered during General Debate (Monday 11 March) CIVICUS is deeply alarmed that protest movements find…
March 11, 2019

DRC: Statement on human rights violations

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  Statement at the 40th Session of the UN Human Rights Council Response during the Interactive Dialogue on the Democratic Republic of Congo CIVICUS…