February 25, 2018

CIVICUS at the 37th Session of the UN Human Rights Council

in Geneva

The opening week of the 37th Session of the UN Human Rights Council will be dominated by the high level segment which will include…
February 23, 2018

Joint Letter to UN: Strengthen and renew the mandate of the Commission on Human Rights…

in Geneva

To Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Geneva RE: Renewing and strengthening the mandate of the…
February 21, 2018

Iran: free Baquer Namazi on second anniversary of his arbitrary detention

Two years ago, this week, human rights champion Baquer Namazi was arbitrarily arrested and detained by the authorities as he arrived in Iran to…
February 19, 2018

Peers and Partners: Empowering Children To Take Civic Action and Engage in Open Government

in Op-Eds

By Tor Hodenfield, CIVICUS, and Ulrika Cilliers, Save the Children In 2015, 264 million primary and secondary age children and youth were out of…
February 16, 2018

Another puzzling break-in prompts Uganda CSO to move operations to police station

CIVICUS speaks to Human Rights Awareness and Protection Forum (HRAPF) executive director Adrian Jjuuko (pictured) after their offices were broken into recently. He also…
February 15, 2018

Uganda: CIVICUS condemns another break-in at the office of HRAPF

Global civil society alliance CIVICUS condemns recent attacks on the premises of the Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum (HRAPF) in Uganda which left…
February 14, 2018

Bahrain: On 7th anniversary of beginning of popular movement, NGOs call for end to systematic…

Arabic On the 7th anniversary of the peaceful popular movement of the Bahraini people which started on 14 February 2011, the undersigned NGOs call…
February 14, 2018

‘La presencia de mujeres en espacios de representación política es buena no solo para las…

English En noviembre de 2017 Argentina aprobó una ley de paridad de género con el objeto de garantizar un 50% de representación femenina en…
February 13, 2018

‘Opaque laws, erratic application of rules and lengthy bureaucratic processes cost lives during a humanitarian…

CIVICUS speaks with Jeremy Wellard, Regional Representative for Asia of the International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA). ICVA is a global civil society network…
February 12, 2018

The two borderless challenges of our time: Migration and climate change

in News

Civil society response to the Zero Draft of the UN´s Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration  There are over a quarter billion migrants…
February 12, 2018

‘Invocamos el principio de extraterritorialidad para llamar al Estado chino a rendir cuentas del impacto…

English CIVICUS conversa con las cuatro responsables de la iniciativa regional “Explorando nuevos caminos para la defensa de los derechos humanos frente a las…
February 09, 2018

Maldives: release judges immediately and respect citizens' civic freedoms

Global civil society alliance CIVICUS and the Voice of Women (VOW) Maldives condemn the ongoing attacks on the Maldivian judiciary, which has included targeting…
February 07, 2018

We believe in citizens taking action on the issues that affect their lives, without needing…

CIVICUS speaks to Katherine Baird, International Projects Manager at the Change.org Foundation, an organisation that envisions a world in which no one is powerless,…
February 04, 2018

Bangladesh: Open letter on Digital Media Security Bill

To The President of Bangladesh, H.E. Md Abdul Hamid The Chair of the National Human Rights Commission, H.E. Kazi Reazul Hoque Subject: Open letter…
January 31, 2018

Honduras: ‘El conflicto generado por la reacción ciudadana contra el fraude puede hacernos perder un…

English A fines de 2017, tras lo que muchos en la sociedad civil percibieron como una elección fraudulenta, estalló la protesta en Honduras. CIVICUS…
January 30, 2018

Afghanistan: CIVICUS stands in solidarity with Save the Children

Global civil society alliance, CIVICUS condemns the horrific attack on the office and staff of Save the Children in Jalalabad, eastern Afghanistan. We stand…
January 30, 2018

‘A diferencia del Brexit, la demanda independentista catalana tiene un componente democratizador’

English CIVICUS conversa sobre la situación en Cataluña con Anaïs Franquesa Griso, abogada penalista especializada en derechos humanos y movimientos sociales y Directora de…
January 25, 2018

Huracán María: ‘La sociedad civil, dentro y fuera de Puerto Rico, vino a llenar el…

English El 20 de septiembre de 2017 el huracán María devastó Puerto Rico. Su paso puso en evidencia no solo las fallas de la…
January 25, 2018

Puerto Rico: ‘Si no incorpora a la sociedad civil, el gobierno no puede enfrentar la…

English El 20 de septiembre de 2017 el huracán María devastó Puerto Rico. Su paso puso en evidencia no solo las fallas de la…
January 24, 2018

Brasil: ‘Na esquerda, as estruturas tradicionais se enfraqueceram ao mesmo tempo que novas formas de…

English Após os muitos protestos vistos no Brasil em 2017, CIVICUS fala com José Henrique Bortoluci, professor do Centro de Pesquisa e Documentação de…
January 23, 2018

‘The anti-corruption protests have turned the inhabitants of Romania into a whole new generation of…

CIVICUS speaks to Viorel Micescu, Executive Director of CENTRAS: The Assistance for Non-Governmental Organizations, an independent non-profit organisation aimed at contributing to the development…
January 22, 2018

Five key battles for re-imagining democracy in a radically changed world

in Op-Eds

By Danny Sriskandarajah The challenges facing civil society now aren’t about reviving our weakening democracies—they are about re-imagining democracy for a radically changed world.…
January 22, 2018

‘Democracy is much more than street protest and institutional politics, and Hong Kong people are…

Ahead of the publication of the 2018 State of Civil Society Report on the theme of ‘reimagining democracy’, we are interviewing civil society activists…
January 19, 2018

‘Civil society won the debate on inequality but still needs to win the actual fight…

CIVICUS speaks to Ben Phillips, Launch Director of the Fight Inequality Alliance, a growing movement of citizens from across the world uniting to take…
January 18, 2018

United States: ‘Even in challenging times, civil society needs to be proactive in setting the…

CIVICUS speaks to Nick Robinson, a legal advisor at the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) and lead of their United States Program. ICNL…
January 17, 2018

Catalonia: ‘It might take years to rebuild the political, social and emotional bridges that the…

Catalonia’s independence movement hit the headlines in 2017, and Catalonia’s future remains undecided. CIVICUS speaks to Francesc Badia i Dalmases, editor of democraciaAbierta, openDemocracy’s…
January 16, 2018

Global challenges, local responses

in Op-Eds

By Danny Sriskandarajah and Mandeep Tiwana We are facing a global emergency of civic space. This is now a universal phenomenon, no longer restricted…
January 16, 2018

Nigeria: ‘If passed, the NGO Bill will reduce the ability of CSOs to hold the…

CIVICUS speaks to Oluseyi Babatunde Oyebisi, Director of the Nigeria Network of NGOs (NNNGO) about the draconian NGO bill under consideration by Nigerian lawmakers…
January 15, 2018

‘Against hopelessness, we need to work not to lose the very small windows of freedom…

CIVICUS speaks to an Iranian woman human rights defender about the causes and significance of the recent protests in Iran, as well as the…
January 12, 2018

‘There are signs of hope, but we are not waiting with our arms crossed but…

Angola saw a change at the top in 2017, when President José Eduardo dos Santos stepped down after a staggering 38 years in power,…
January 11, 2018

‘The idea that a certain group does not belong in a country is instrumental in…

CIVICUS speaks to Susannah Sirkin, director of international policy and partnerships and senior advisor with Physicians for Human Rights (PHR). Founded in 1986, PHR…
January 10, 2018

‘Market discourse has captured the development agenda to a point that may be incompatible with…

CIVICUS speaks with Barbara Adams, senior policy analyst at the Global Policy Forum (GPF), an independent policy watchdog that monitors the work of the…
January 08, 2018

The Press and the New President: A Review of Freedom of Speech in Kyrgyzstan

in Op-Eds

By Ann-Sofie Nyman and Bobbie Jo Traut In November, Kyrgyzstan inaugurated its new president Sooronbay Jeenbekov who has promised to continue the previous presidential administration’s…
December 28, 2017

Reimagining Democracy: ‘If citizens are not able to recognise what is going on and mobilise,…

The special theme of the 2018 State of Civil Society Report will be ‘reimagining democracy’. The report will explore how citizens and civil society…
December 26, 2017

‘Even the most progressive UN agencies have become vulnerable to the threat of corporate capture;…

As the 2017 State of Civil Society Report identified, private sector influence on international governance is an increasing civil society concern. CIVICUS speaks on…
December 22, 2017

Internet shutdowns: the “new normal” in government repression?

in Op-Eds

By David Kode The Ethiopian government is among at least 30 administrations that have disrupted or shut down domestic internet access in the past…
December 21, 2017

What future for civil society in Zimbabwe?

in Op-Eds

By Teldah Mawarire and David Kode During the stand-off between the military and President Mugabe that led to his historic resignation, there was reason…
December 21, 2017

Armenia: ‘For the quality of democracy to improve, judicial independence must be guaranteed and labour…

Elections held in Armenia in 2017 resulted in the ruling party holding onto power, but were marred by allegations of fraud, including vote-buying and…
December 20, 2017

‘El gobierno argentino envió un mensaje intimidatorio en relación con la participación de la sociedad…

English CIVICUS conversa con Gastón Chillier, Director Ejecutivo del Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales (CELS), una organización de derechos humanos de Argentina. El…
December 20, 2017

Making progress, preventing regress: civil society at the Human Rights Council

We asked Phil Lynch, Director of International Service for Human Rights, to look back at the past year’s experience of civil society engagement with…
December 19, 2017

‘Tenemos que reconstruir con un enfoque de derechos humanos, es decir reactivando comunidades, y no…

English Los dos terremotos que afectaron a México en septiembre de 2017 dejaron cientos de muertos y miles de heridos, y la sociedad civil…
December 19, 2017

You will agree: escalating repression

in Op-Eds

By Mandeep Tiwana Mandeep Tiwana sorts through the many cloaks of authoritarianism donned by the political class as repression becomes the rule rather than…
December 18, 2017

Blocage de l'accès internet au Cameroun prive la société civile des ressources essentielles

English Le Cameroun a vu l'État imposer toute une série de restrictions aux droits fondamentaux de la société civile en 2017, notamment une fermeture…
December 15, 2017

‘Threats to women’s and LGBTI rights are threats to democracy; any retrogression is unacceptable’

Recent years have seen an apparently growing tendency for anti-rights groups to seek to claim the space for civil society, including at the intergovernmental…
December 15, 2017

Civil Society Meeting Calls for Solidarity, Radical Change to Deal with Global Crises

in Op-Eds

By Amy Taylor Our strategies have failed us. We can no longer respond to the crises facing us in the same way. We have…
December 14, 2017

Nigeria: Proposed NGO bill will be a death knell for civil society

Abuja — A proposed bill currently before Nigeria’s lawmakers, which will give the government sweeping powers over non-governmental organisations (NGOs), threatens the existence of…
December 14, 2017

Venezuela: ‘Ante la profundización de la crisis económica y social, el descontento solo puede ser…

English Al final de un año en que Venezuela ha pasado por crisis económica, desorden político y protestas masivas, CIVICUS conversa con Nizar El…
December 10, 2017

Sign on! Global Civil Society Declaration on Climate-Induced Migration

in News

At the conclusion of International Civil Society Week 2017 (ICSW) on December 7th, more than 700 civil society leaders and activists from over 100…
December 08, 2017

The struggles of Women Human Rights Defenders in Nepal

in Op-Eds

By CIVICUS and ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION (AHRC)  Women in Nepal face many challenges due to issues of inequality and injustice in the society.…
December 08, 2017

These 6 gender activists are shaking up the world

in Op-Eds

Space for the feminist movement is shrinking, yet these brave women and non-binary activists continue to fight for equality. Read on: Open Democracy
December 08, 2017

Climate refugees need global protection – with or without the US

in Op-Eds

By Danny Sriskandarajah The United States’ abandonment of global migration and climate change agreements in the same year could be disastrous for climate refugees.…
December 07, 2017

Statement: Solidarity with the struggle of the Palestinian people

Several delegates at the CIVICUS World Assembly in Suva, Fiji on 7 December 2017 urged us to speak out against the ill-advised announcement of…
December 07, 2017

Why SADC must reinvent or remain irrelevant

in Op-Eds

By Teldah Mawarire  In times of political crises, as was recently experienced in Zimbabwe, citizens expect the regional body to take a bold stance…
December 07, 2017

As NGOs speak out, expect clampdowns to grow

in Op-Eds

By David Kode Across the globe, from East Africa to eastern Europe, there is a trend of increasing attacks on non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that…
December 07, 2017

Warm and cuddly global goals? The international community must get real

in Op-Eds

By Danny Sriskandarajah Two years into their life, and amid the grim political realities of the last year, the sustainable development goals seem increasingly…
December 06, 2017

How NGOs and social movements can learn to work together better

in Op-Eds

By Danny Sriskandarajah There are no shortages of challenges facing civil society, but one that we don’t talk enough about is the relationship between…
December 05, 2017

Are Rising Attacks On Human Rights Defenders The ‘New Normal’?

in Op-Eds

By Mandeep Tiwana At CIVICUS, a global civil society alliance working to strengthen citizen participation, we receive bad news of attacks on compatriots every…
December 02, 2017

‘Civil society must increase the pressure so even countries that aren’t part of the Arms…

CIVICUS speaks to Anna Macdonald, Director of the Control Arms Secretariat, which leads a global civil society coalition comprising over 300 partners in all regions of…
December 01, 2017

Reimagining democracy: ‘the democratic revolution is currently in hibernation; from a scale of 1 to…

Ahead of the publication of the 2018 State of Civil Society Report on the theme of ‘reimagining democracy’, we are interviewing civil society activists…
November 30, 2017

Paraguay: Gobierno aplica ley inconstitucional anti-protesta en forma discriminatoria contra movimientos sociales que desafían su…

English CIVICUS conversa con Oscar Ayala Amarilla, Secretario Ejecutivo de la Coordinadora de Derechos Humanos del Paraguay (CODEHUPY). La Coordinadora de Derechos Humanos es…
November 29, 2017

‘Solo un gobierno auténticamente democrático podrá enfrentar seriamente el problema del cambio climático’

English CIVICUS conversa con Enrique de León, dirigente del Comité Nacional de Lucha Contra el Cambio Climático (CNLCC), una organización de la sociedad civil…
November 29, 2017

México: En una democracia, no es posible que desaparezcan 43 estudiantes y todo siga igual

English CIVICUS conversa con Ana Cristina Ruelas, Directora de la oficina de ARTICLE 19 para México y Centroamérica. ARTICLE 19 es una organización de…
November 28, 2017

Danny Sriskandarajah: Is it the beginning of the end for the charity sector?

in Op-Eds

UK's largest network of civil society leaders, ACEVO, spoke to Danny Sriskandarajah, Secretary General of CIVICUS, as part of its 30th birthday celebrations to get…
November 27, 2017

‘Sparks of hope’ light up the dark

Winners of the 2017 Nelson Mandela-Graça Machel Innovation Awards show great courage and commitment to social change Suva, Fiji – An Egyptian activist and…
November 24, 2017

Guatemala: Las autoridades detienen a Jerson Antonio Morales al tiempo que continúan los ataques contra…

English La alianza global de la sociedad civil CIVICUS condenó el arresto y la detención ilegal del periodista y activista de los derechos indígenas…
November 23, 2017

Zimbabwe’s transition: prioritise restraint and respect for human rights

Johannesburg - Global civil society alliance CIVICUS urges the Zimbabwe Defence Forces and all stakeholders in Zimbabwe to continue to exercise restraint and respect…
November 20, 2017

Reimagining democracy: ‘It is for civil society to step in and fill the void on…

Ahead of the publication of the 2018 State of Civil Society Report on the theme of ‘reimagining democracy’, we are interviewing civil society activists…
November 16, 2017

Nutrition is political and civil society needs to shape those politics

in Op-Eds

By Danny Sriskandarajah The two major nutrition meetings - the Global Nutrition Summit in Milan and the Scaling Up Nutrition Movement global gathering in…
November 16, 2017

African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) reaches 30-year milestone but challenges remain

November 15 marked the last day of the 61st Ordinary Session of the ACHPR taking place in Banjul, The Gambia as the Commission celebrates 30 years…
November 14, 2017

Entramado de complicidades entre empresas y Estado resulta en creciente criminalización de defensores de derechos…

English CIVICUS conversa con Ileana Molo, Presidenta Ejecutiva de la organización Afropanameñ@ Soy e integrante de la Red de Derechos Humanos de Panamá, en…
November 10, 2017

Reimagining democracy: ‘Dutch citizens feel a major disconnect from politics ’

The special theme of the 2018 State of Civil Society Report will be ‘reimagining democracy’. The report will explore how citizens and civil society…
November 06, 2017

Putting the Pacific on the Map

in Op-Eds

By Danny Sriskandarajah This year, CIVICUS International Civil Society Week will take place in Fiji, and will allow civil society delegates from around the world…
November 06, 2017

Nobody has made any attempt to shield Yemeni civil society organisations from impact of armed…

CIVICUS speaks to Radhya Almutawakel, chairperson of Mwatana Organization for Human Rights, an independent Yemeni human rights organisation. Mwatana is engaged with a number…
November 01, 2017

Closure of civic space constitutes an existential threat to independent civil society in Bahrain

CIVICUS speaks to Michael Payne (left), Director of Advocacy, and Sam Jones (right), a researcher at Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain…
October 27, 2017

‘All governments agree – at least nominally - that a world without nuclear weapons is…

CIVICUS speaks to Daniel Högsta, Network Coordinator with the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), a broad, inclusive campaign focused on mobilising civil…
October 26, 2017

Civil Society’s call to stop persecution of activists arrested on 29 September 2017

Mr. Given Lubinda Minister of Justice National Assembly of Zambia, Parliament Buildings, P.O. Box 31299, Lusaka Plot 150/2584 Zambia Email: glubinda@parliament.gov.zm; lubinda2014@gmail.com Cc Minister…
October 25, 2017

‘The government is in fact listening to civil society, just not to the progressive side…

CIVICUS speaks to Horace Levy, the director of Jamaicans for Justice, a non-profit, non-partisan, non-violent citizens’ rights action organisation that advocates for good governance…
October 23, 2017

Kenya’s fresh election lights up Africa with hope

On 26 October 2017, Kenya returns to the polls after the Supreme Court declared the election held on 8 August 2017 null and void.…
October 20, 2017

‘La sociedad civil trabaja por una democracia no solo más representativa sino también más participativa’

English CIVICUS conversa con Ramiro Orias, abogado y defensor de derechos humanos boliviano. Orias es Oficial de Programas de la Fundación para el Debido…
October 17, 2017

South African NGO scores legal victory in limiting the influence of ‘big money’ on democracy

A South African NGO My Vote Counts recently won a court case in which it asked that political parties must be compelled to publicly…
October 17, 2017

Les manifestants se transforment en milliers de personnes qui battent la fermeture d'Internet

Read the interview in English  CIVICUS parle avec KEPOMEY Koffi Dela Franck de l'organisation non gouvernementale Concertation Nationale de la Société Civile au Togo…
October 16, 2017

Madagascar: drop charge against environmental activist

Global civil society alliance, CIVICUS expresses deep concern over the unlawful arrest and arbitrary detention of environmental rights defender Raleva. We condemn this action…
October 16, 2017

CIVICUS UN Universal Periodic Review submissions on civil society space

in Geneva

CIVICUS and its partners have submitted joint and stand-alone UN Universal Periodic Review (UPR) submissions on 9 countries in advance of the 28th UPR…
October 13, 2017

Can INGOs push back against closing civic space? Only if they change their approach.

in Op-Eds

By Danny Sriskandarajah Civil society is facing a sustained, multi-faceted, global onslaught. According to the CIVICUS Monitor, fundamental civic freedoms are being severely restricted…
October 11, 2017

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

in Geneva

CIVICUS and its partners have submitted joint and stand-alone UN Universal Periodic Review (UPR) submissions on 9 countries in advance of the 30th UPR…
October 11, 2017

Faces of Open Government - An interview with Danny Sriskandarajah

in Op-Eds

In his interview with Open Government Partnership (OGP), CIVICUS Secretary General, Danny Sriskandarajah shares insights on broad trends affecting civil society globally and how CIVICUS is responding…
October 10, 2017

Joint Statement: Grave concern over recent raids on Ugandan civil society groups

We, the undersigned civil society organisations (CSOs), strongly condemn the Ugandan authorities’ flagrant and repeated attempts to suppress the peaceful and legitimate activities of…
October 10, 2017

The Political Parties Bill is ‘poison for Zambia’s ailing democracy’

CIVICUS speaks to Zambian human rights defender McDonald Chipenzi. The Threatened State of Emergency invoked by the President on 5 July 2017 is due…
October 05, 2017

Joint Letter: Closing of the 36th session of the UN Human Rights Council

in Geneva

Joint letter to President of the UN Human Rights Council on behalf of International Service for Human Rights, Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies…
October 05, 2017

Is it the beginning of the end for the charity sector?

in Op-Eds

By Danny Sriskandarajah For people of my generation, working for a charity was a noble and realistic goal. With employment in the voluntary sector…
October 04, 2017

Unlocking the Right Investment in the Social Sector

in Op-Eds

Alex Sardar and Teresa Crawford  Chief Innovation Officer at CIVICUS, Alex Sardar and Teresa Crawford from the Social Sector Accelerator explore how using business…
October 02, 2017

Could the annulment of Kenya’s election set a precedent for African civil society?

in Op-Eds

By David Kode The ruling by Kenya’s Supreme Court strengthens the independence of the judiciary and places this institution as a key player and…
October 01, 2017

Joint Letter: UN mandate on enforced or involuntary disappearances

in Geneva

Human Rights Organizations Urge UN Human Rights Council Member States to Reject Amendments to the Draft Resolution Renewing the Mandate of The UN Working…
September 28, 2017

Leaders Must Put Migration Back on Global Agenda

in Op-Eds

By Danny Sriskandarajah There was much excitement at 2016’s special United Nations summit on migration and refugees. This was the first such summit of…
September 28, 2017

‘No abandonaremos nuestra lucha; las empresas y gobiernos que invierten en proyectos extractivos deben saber…

  English CIVICUS conversa con Medardo Mairena Sequeira, Coordinador del Consejo Nacional para la Defensa de la Tierra, Lago y Soberanía, un movimiento social…
September 27, 2017

Joint Letter: Improving cooperation with the United Nations

in Geneva

UN Human Rights Council: 36th Session  Letter to Member States of the UN Human Rights Council Re: Support resolution on cooperation with the United…
September 23, 2017

Joint statement on human rights in the Philippines

in Geneva

36th Session of the UN Human Rights Council ISHR and CIVICUS welcome the Philippine Government’s engagement in the UPR process. However, despite claims of…
September 23, 2017

Statement on human rights recommendations for Poland

in Geneva

36th Session of the UN Human Rights Council CIVICUS welcomes Poland’s commitment to engage with the UPR process and its acceptance of recommendations related…
September 21, 2017

Global Campaign Challenges Rising Restrictions on Fundamental Freedoms

This weekend, tens of thousands of people will come together at hundreds of events across 5 continents, as part of a new global campaign…
September 20, 2017

Joint statement on human rights violations in Vietnam

in Geneva

UN Human Rights Council: 36th Session  Interactive dialogue on human rights in Vietnam CIVICUS presents this statement together with VOICE We are gravely concerned…
September 20, 2017

Joint statement on the rights of indigenous peoples

in Geneva

UN Human Rights Council: 36th Session  Panel discussion on the rights of indigenous peoples Disponible en Espanol I read this statement on behalf of…
September 19, 2017

Rising Attacks on Environmental Defenders Threaten Human Rights Goals Globally

in Op-Eds

By Inés Pousadela  “I have been told that my name is on a hit list…but I haven’t been killed yet.” These were the chilling…
September 19, 2017

Joint statement on human rights violations in Burundi

in Geneva

UN Human Rights Council: 36th Session Oral Intervention at Interactive Dialogue with the Commission of Inquiry on Burundi Thank you, Mr. President.  CIVICUS and…
September 19, 2017

The Participation Revolution

in Op-Eds

By Danny Sriskandarajah The falling levels of public trust in public institutions we see all over the world should be a wake-up call for…
September 18, 2017

Joint statement on human rights crisis in South Sudan

in Geneva

Human Rights Council: 36th Session Oral Intervention at Interactive Dialogue with the UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan The East and Horn of…
September 13, 2017

Open Letter to UN member states: Urgent action needed on Myanmar

in Geneva

To: Member and Observer states of the UN Human Rights Council Subject: Urgent action needed on Myanmar Dear Excellencies We write to you regarding…
September 13, 2017

UN Human Rights Council: Response to High Commissioner´s update

in Geneva

CIVICUS deeply appreciates High Commissioner’s update, regretfully on an ever darker and more dangerous world. We are shocked by the report of the man-made…
September 13, 2017

Civil society calls on UN Human Rights Council to resolve human rights crisis in Cambodia

in Geneva

Civil society calls on the UN Human Rights Council to address Cambodia’s human rights crisis The undersigned civil society organizations, representing groups working within…
September 13, 2017

UN Human Rights Council: Statement on widespread arbitrary detention

in Geneva

UN Human Rights Council 36th session 12 September 2017 Statement at the UN Human Rights Council during interactive diialogue with the Working Group on Arbitrary…
September 12, 2017

Joint statement from Environmental rights defenders workshop

In response to the rise in the attacks, harassment and killings of human rights defenders and activists defending land, environmental and indigenous rights, CIVICUS…
September 12, 2017

Tanzania: worrying signs for freedom of expression and association

The attempted assassination of outspoken government critic Tundu Lissu on 7 September 2017 is the latest in a series of efforts aimed at constraining…
September 08, 2017

La sociedad civil de América Latina y el Caribe presiona por un acuerdo vinculante sobre…

English CIVICUS conversa con Andrés Nápoli, abogado especializado en derecho ambiental y Director Ejecutivo de la Fundación Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (FARN). Fundada en…
September 07, 2017

People power is China’s great untapped resource

in News

By Frances Eve, Network of Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD) and Cathal Gilbert, World Alliance for Citizen Participation, CIVICUS From 3-5 September, the leaders…
September 06, 2017

Brics: Uma proposta de nova ordem mundial que ignora os direitos básicos dos cidadãos

in Op-Eds

Escrito por Fabio de Almeida Pinto, Coordenador Executivo do IDS, e Marianna Belalba Barreto, da CIVICUS - World Alliance for Citizen Participation Entre 3…
September 04, 2017

BRICS bloc’s lofty aims lack legitimacy without civil society

in Op-Eds

By Mandeep Tiwana and Cathal Gilbert As Xiamen prepares to host 2017 summit, the group's vision of a "just, equitable and democratic multi-polar international…
September 04, 2017

Hope for citizen voice, despite ‘narrowed’ civic space

in Op-Eds

By Ine van Severen and Corlett Letlojane President Jacob Zuma heads to China this week to meet with the leaders of Brazil, Russia, India…
September 01, 2017

Joint Letter: Human rights violations in Bahrain

in Geneva

We, the undersigned Bahraini, regional and international human rights organizations, remain alarmed at the ongoing human rights crisis in the Kingdom of Bahrain. We…
August 30, 2017

Syria - Justice for the thousands of victims of enforced disappearances

in News

Arabic | KurdishWe, the undersigned civil society organisations, commemorate the victims of enforced disappearances in Syria and support their families, urging the international community to…
August 25, 2017

Angolan elections: Different name, same game for civil society?

in Op-Eds

By David Kode Over the last 38 years, particularly since the end of the civil war in 2002, President Dos Santos has ruled Angola…
August 24, 2017

NGOs Raise Concern Over Forcibly Disappeared Sayed Alawi

Sayed Alawi has been detained for over nine months, with no access to a lawyer or to his family since his arrest. During this…
August 23, 2017

Squeezing civil society hurts India’s economy and democracy

in Op-Eds

By Mandeep Tiwana India played a key moral role in international affairs during the anti-colonial struggles and as a founding member of the Non-Aligned…
August 22, 2017

Emergencia global en el espacio cívico

Según el Informe 2017 de la alianza global de la sociedad civil CIVICUS, el mundo se enfrenta a una crisis democrática sin precedentes debido…
August 18, 2017

Kenya: Civil Society Condemns Attempted Raid and Deregistration of Human Rights Organisations

NAIROBI – Leading global and regional civil society groups have strongly condemned the targeting of two Kenyan national human rights organisations by the authorities.…
August 18, 2017

Harmonisation, Participation and Coherence are Key to Realising the 2030 Agenda

in Op-Eds

By Mandeep Tiwana and Tor Hodenfield  Two challenges – overlapping reporting requirements and less than universal compliance with human rights obligations – could be…
August 08, 2017

Repressive Vietnam Ramps Up Crackdown On Activists and Bloggers

Authorities in Vietnam have increasingly been using the country’s draconian security laws to attack and silence human rights defenders in recent weeks.   Ahead of…
August 07, 2017

CIVICUS Calls For Calm and Respect of Voters’ Rights in Kenya Elections

As Kenyans go to the polls tomorrow to vote in general elections, global civil society alliance, CIVICUS calls on the authorities, leaders of political…
August 02, 2017

From Venezuela to US: People power

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By Danny Sriskandarajah Goldman Sachs’ decision to bailout the Venezuelan government has, unsurprisingly, attracted widespread global condemnation. The transnational firm stands to make a…
August 02, 2017

Syria: Rights groups condemn extrajudicial execution of human rights defender and software engineer Bassel Khartabil

The family of Bassel Khartabil, a Syrian-Palestinian software engineer and free speech activist, confirmed that he had been subjected to an extrajudicial execution in…
August 02, 2017

Pese al acoso, el movimiento estudiantil hondureño se niega a retroceder

English CIVICUS conversa con Héctor Ulloa, estudiante de doble licenciatura en Derecho y Economía, vicepresidente de la Asociación de Estudiantes de Derecho de la…
August 02, 2017

Call for proposals: Application for partners for pilot national civil society assessment in El Salvador,…

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Español  BACKGROUND INFORMATION The Enabling Environment National Assessment (EENA), developed by CIVICUS and the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL), is a participatory, civil…
July 31, 2017

Adjournment of Civil Society Activists’ Trial in Cameroon Shows State Has No Case

JOHANNESBURG – Three civil society leaders in Cameroon remain imprisoned in solitary confinement and on trial for leading peaceful protests, following their court appearance…
July 31, 2017

Trends and Challenges in Global Civil Society

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Bernadette Johnson interviews CIVICUS’ Secretary General Danny Sriskandarajah on broad trends affecting civil society spaces globally. We know it’s a cliché, but the world continues…
July 27, 2017

To Achieve Ambitious Goals – We Need to Start with our Basic Rights

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By Oliver Henman and Andrew Firmin Recent protests in Ethiopia have seen people demonstrate in their thousands, angry at their authoritarian government, its favouritism…
July 25, 2017

Zambia: State of Emergency signifies worrying signs for civic space

The declaration of State of Public Threatened Emergency in Zambia is a glaring indication of plans by the government to increase restrictions on civic…
July 20, 2017

Tanzania, Kenya, Angola Join Watch List of Countries of Concern

Attacks by the authorities on protesters, critics, NGOs and the media in Angola, Kenya and Tanzania have led global civil alliance, CIVICUS, to add…
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