August 20, 2019

Yemen: Over 75 organisations call for mandate of Group of Eminent Experts to be renewed

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Over 75 organisations call for mandate of Group of Eminent Experts to be renewed, emphasising violations against human rights defenders Arabic We, the undersigned…
August 19, 2019

What other African protesters can learn from Sudan

in Op-Eds

By David Kode, Advocacy and Campaigns Lead at CIVICUS Exactly four months after former President Omar Al-Bashir of Sudan was pushed out of power,…
August 16, 2019

Zimbabwe government must respect the right to protest and investigate abduction and torture of activists

We condemn violent dispersal of peaceful protesters by #Zimbabwe police today & ongoing repression of civil society & #humanrights defenders. Read our statement ➡️https://t.co/m8YOmRhbgN…
August 16, 2019

Hong Kong: De-escalate violence and respect freedom of peaceful assembly

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Bangkok, 16 August 2019 – We, the undersigned civil society organisations, express our deep concerns on the escalating violence in Hong Kong and urge…
August 15, 2019

BOTSWANA: ‘Anti-right groups are emerging in reaction to progressive gains’

  As part of our 2019 thematic report, we are interviewing civil society activists and leaders about their experiences of backlash from anti-rights groups…
August 14, 2019

HIV/AIDS: ‘We need a global civil society movement that stands together for all rights’

  CIVICUS speaks to Alessandra Nilo, co-founder and Executive Director of GESTOS – HIV and AIDS, Communication and Gender, a civil society organisation (CSO)…
August 13, 2019

REFUGEE RIGHTS: ‘My status doesn't represent me’

  As part of our 2019 thematic report, we are interviewing civil society activists and leaders about their human rights work, their experiences of…
August 12, 2019

Your life or your freedom? The ultimate price to defend the environment

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By Natalia Gomez Peña, Advocacy & Network Engagement Officer, Vuka! Secretariat For the family of indigenous Guatemalan activist Jorge Juc, the announcement last week by US President…
August 12, 2019

LGBTQI RIGHTS: ‘There is an ongoing desire among many to more closely regulate morality’

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…
August 09, 2019

Laos: Government must live up to human rights obligations ahead of UN review

Manushya Foundation, CIVICUS and the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) call on the Government of Lao PDR to remove all unwarranted…
August 07, 2019

Country recommendations on civic space for Universal Periodic Review on Human Rights

in Geneva

All UN member states have their human rights records reviewed every 4.5 years. CIVICUS makes four joint and stand-alone UN Universal Periodic Review submissions…
August 05, 2019

Burundi: Continued investigation needed into grave human rights violations

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FRENCH To Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Geneva, Switzerland Excellencies, Ahead of the 42nd session…
August 01, 2019

Success in Sudan

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By Paul Mulindwa, an advocacy and campaigns officer with CIVICUS. Mediating a deadlocked political dispute is difficult work in the best of times. Mediating the…
July 29, 2019

WOMEN’S RIGHTS: ‘Progressive civil society must claim for itself the defence of life’

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…
July 26, 2019

CSO's Letter to the African Union Commission about the State of Human Rights in Egypt

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by H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat  We write to you in your capacity as the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, the secretariat of the…
July 26, 2019

We Too Demand Peace: International Civil Society Organisations Join with Colombians Marching for Peace

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Washington, D.C.—As Colombians march for peace in their country on July 26, we echo their call for a permanent end to the war that…
July 25, 2019

SRI LANKA: ‘People are scared of expressing themselves freely’

In April 2019, more than 250 people were killed and hundreds injured in a terror attack in Sri Lanka that targeted three churches and…
July 24, 2019

Narendra Modi Has Five Years to Change His Track Record on Democratic Values

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By Mandeep Tiwana, Chief Programmes Officer at CIVICUS Recent raids by the Central Bureau of Investigation on the homes and offices of human rights lawyers Anand Grover…
July 15, 2019

Government’s closure of Human Rights NGO another blow for fundamental freedoms in Equatorial Guinea

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Global #humanrights organisations condemn the Equatorial Guinea government’s closure of a prominent rights NGO, part of its long-running attack on fundamental freedoms there https://t.co/u43aF7Tnw8…
July 15, 2019

Tanzania continues clampdown with new restrictive laws that undermine development

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By Paul Mulindwa, an advocacy and campaigns officer with CIVICUS. 'Tanzania's human rights comes in the form of sweeping new legislation, rushed through its parliament…
July 12, 2019

Outcomes & reflections from the UN Human Rights Council

in Geneva

Joint statement at the end of the 41st Session of the UN Human Rights Council By renewing the mandate of the Independent Expert on…
July 12, 2019

Sudan: Peace deal welcome but all parties must commit for transition to be effective

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Global civil society alliance, CIVICUS, has welcomed the announcement of a peace deal that has been reached in Sudan, between the Transitional Military Council…
July 12, 2019

ONLINE CIVIC SPACE: ‘We shouldn’t expect tech giants to solve the problems that they have…

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

PERU: ‘The ultra-conservative tide is affecting democratic life and fundamental 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…
July 11, 2019

HONG KONG: ‘We may have not achieved our demands yet, but we've built solidarity’

Millions of people took to the streets of Hong Kong in June 2019 to protest against a proposed Extradition Bill that would have allowed…
July 10, 2019

‘In response to anti-right narratives, we need to support one another in all of our…

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…
July 09, 2019

Nicaragua: Over 100 political prisoners remain detained

in Geneva

41st Session of the UN Human Rights Council -Interactive dialogue on the report from the High Commissioner on Nicaragua -Joint statement from CIVICUS &…
July 09, 2019

DRC: No steps taken to end impunity enjoyed by state actors for human rights violations

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41st Session of the UN Human Rights Council Interactive dialogue on the Democratic Republic of the Congo CIVICUS welcomes some positive first steps with…
July 09, 2019

Sudan: More than 100 people were killed when paramilitary forces dispersed peaceful protests

in Geneva

41st Session of the UN Human Rights Council Interactive dialogue on Sudan CIVICUS notes the efforts that have been made by the Sudanese authorities…
July 09, 2019

WOMEN’S RIGHTS: ‘Anti-rights groups are trying to take away our acquired 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…
July 08, 2019

There can be no sustainable development without respect for human rights

FRENCH Global civil society calls on governments to put human rights at centre of development States failing to make connections between sustainable development and…
July 08, 2019

Renew mandate of Independent Expert on sexual orientation and gender identity

in Geneva

Over 1300 civil society organisations from across the globe call for the renewal of the mandate of the Independent Expert on violence and discrimination on…
July 06, 2019

CIVICUS at the 2019 High Level Political Forum 

Without civil society, achieving the Sustainable Development Goals would not be possible. Civil society not only actively contributes to achieving each of the goals, they are…
July 05, 2019

Statement: Eritrea's adoption of Universal Periodic Review on Human Rights

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41st Session of the UN Human Rights Council The Eritrean Movement for Democracy and Human Rights (EMDHR), Eritrea Focus, and CIVICUS welcome the government…
July 05, 2019

Statement: Cambodia's adoption of Universal Periodic Review on Human Rights

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41st Session of the UN Human Rights Council CIVICUS, the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR), the Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC)…
July 05, 2019

Statement: Mass arrests and killings of protesters in Venezuela

in Geneva

41st Session of the UN Human Rights Council Interactive Dialogue on the report of the High Commissioner on Venezuela  CIVICUS thanks the High Commissioner for…