October 19, 2020

Thailand: Drop charges against peaceful protesters and end restrictions on civic freedoms

Read the Thai version of the letter Letter to the Prime Minister of Thailand as the government cracks down on peaceful protests calling for democracy, human rights and reform.…
October 17, 2020

Country recommendations on civic space for Universal Periodic Review

in Geneva

CIVICUS makes joint UN Universal Periodic Review (UPR) submissions on civil society space in Mozambique, Niger, Paraguay and Singapore The United Nations Human Rights…
October 16, 2020

Amid COVID-19, what is the health of civic freedoms?

in Op-Eds

By Marianna Belalba Barreto, Civic Space Research Lead at CIVICUS and Aarti Narsee, Civic Space Research Officer More than half a year after the World Health Organization declared the…
October 15, 2020

Algeria: Critically-ill activist Abdallah Benaoum must be immediately released

in News

بالعربية The Algerian authorities have accelerated the arbitrary detention and prosecution of activists and journalists amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, most recently refusing requests to provisionally…
October 15, 2020

Open letter to the G20 Finance Ministers

Dear G20 Finance Ministers, As you meet this week, we are writing to you to encourage you to take concrete actions in order to…
October 15, 2020

MYANMAR: ‘Opposition parties complain that the election body censors their messaging'

CIVICUS speaks to award-winning journalist Cape Diamond (Pyae Sone Win) about the upcoming elections in Myanmar. Cape is a multimedia journalist based in Myanmar,…
October 15, 2020

With targeted attacks on civil society, the future of democracy hangs in the balance in…

in Op-Eds

By Sylvia Mbataru, Civic Space Research at CIVICUS Elections in East Africa have faced a wave of recent problems. Presidents pursuing extended term limits,…
October 14, 2020

85 CSOs concerned as Cuba is granted a new seat on UN Human Rights Council

in News

In response to Cuba’s election to a fifth term on the Human Rights Council, 85 Cuban and international human rights and freedom-of-expression organizations, in…
October 13, 2020

New report shows civil and political rights are backsliding in West Africa ahead of elections

There has been a rapid decline in civic freedoms and democratic norms in Francophone West Africa with ruling presidents evading term limits and muzzling…
October 08, 2020

Outcomes from the UN Human Rights Council: Progress & Shortcomings

in Geneva

Joint statement from the end of the United Nations' 45th Session of the UN Human Rights Council 14 organisations share reflections on the key…
October 08, 2020

Pakistani authorities must prevent further attacks on transgender people

Pakistani authorities must investigate recent wave of brutal attacks and killings of #transgender people in #Pakistan and ensure justice and accountability for the violence…
October 06, 2020

Saudi Arabia: C20 attendees must call on government to free jailed activists

in News

In January 2020, over 220 Civil Society Organisations endorsed a statement issued by Amnesty International, CIVICUS and Transparency International announcing that they will not…
October 05, 2020

Singapore: Drop police report against independent media outlet New Naratif

in News

We, the undersigned civil society organisations, urge the government of Singapore to order the Elections Department (ELD) to immediately withdraw its police report against…
October 05, 2020

Philippines: An international investigation is needed as government continues to deny grave violations

in Geneva

Joint statement at the 45th Session of the UN Human Rights Council -- delivered by the World Organisation Against Torture   On behalf of 14…
October 02, 2020

Niger: CIVICUS welcomes release of human rights defenders

Global civil society alliance CIVICUS welcomes the decision by Nigerien authorities to release three human rights defenders after six months in detention. We now…
October 02, 2020

DRC: Attacks on activists and journalists persist

in Geneva

Statement at the 45th Session of the UN Human Rights Council -- Enhanced Dialogue on the Democratic Republic of the Congo   Thank you,…
October 01, 2020

The UN must address the government of the Philippines pattern of reprisals

in Geneva

Joint statement at the 45th Session of the UN Human Rights Council -- CIVICUS and Karapatan, delivered by Roneo Clamor CIVICUS and its member…
October 01, 2020

Cambodia's attempts to silence dissent are racheting up

in Geneva

Joint statement at the 45th Session of the UN Human Rights Council -- CIVICUS and the Cambodian Center for Human Rights The Royal Government…
October 01, 2020

UN75: ‘Civil society needs to be the conscience of the global community’

To mark the 75th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations (UN), CIVICUS is having conversations with civil society activists, advocates and practitioners…
October 01, 2020

India: The National Human Rights Commission not upholding its mandate or protecting the constitution

in Geneva

Statement at the 45th Session of the UN Human Rights Council  Over the last two years, we have seen in India an alarming deterioration…
September 30, 2020

India: Amnesty International Forced to Halt Work

in News

Government Increasingly Targeting Rights Groups Today, CIVICUS joined fourteen other human rights organizations in condemning the Indian government’s actions against Amnesty India and pledged to…
September 29, 2020

Civil society facing reprisals for engagement in UN human rights mechanisms

in Geneva

Statement at the 45th Session of the UN Human Rights Council     Acts of reprisal pose a threat to the functioning of UN…
September 29, 2020

CIVICUS calls on Nicaraguan authorities to withdraw new bill threatening freedom of association

in News

A new bill introduced in Congress by lawmakers from Nicaragua’s governing party would severely restrict freedoms of association and expression if passed into law,…
September 29, 2020

31 human rights groups call for urgent response to the Algerian government’s intensifying crackdown on…

عربى We, the undersigned regional and international non-governmental organisations, write to draw your attention to the alarming and the intensified crackdown on Algerian civil…
September 28, 2020

Armenia adoption of Universal Periodic Review on Human Rights

in Geneva

Statement at the 45th Session of the UN Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review on Human Rights -- Outcome Adoption for Armenia Thank you, Madame…
September 28, 2020

Laos adoption of Universal Periodic Review on Human Rights

in Geneva

Joint statement with Forum Asia and Manushya at the 45th Session of the UN Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review on Human Rights --…
September 28, 2020

Kenya's adoption of Universal Periodic Review on Human Rights

in Geneva

Joint Statement at the 45th Session of the UN Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review on Human Rights -- Outcome Adoption for Kenya | Delivered by…
September 28, 2020

Access to information during a pandemic: a matter of life or death

in Op-Eds

By Inés Pousadela, Senior Research Specialist No year could be more appropriate than 2020 for the world to celebrate its first International Day for Universal…
September 28, 2020

High stakes and pent up tensions in Côte d’Ivoire’s presidential election

in Op-Eds

By David Kode, Advocacy and Campaigns Lead As Côte d’Ivoire’s much-anticipated 31 October elections approach, voters are facing a familiar sequence of events. As political tensions…
September 25, 2020

States falling short on protecting migrants' rights defenders

in Geneva

Joint statement at the 45th Session of the UN Human Rights Council -- delivered by International Service for Human Rights General debate on the promotion…
September 24, 2020

Venezuela: Serious human rights violations continue during COVID-19

in Geneva

Statement at the 45th Session of the UN Human Rights Council -- delivered by Marsyabel Rodriguez from Espacio Público Interactive Dialogue on the fact-finding…
September 24, 2020

Reaction to the UN High Commissioner report on terrorism and human rights

in Geneva

Statement at the 45th Session of the UN Human Rights Council Thank you, Madame President, On behalf of the Civic Space Initiative, we wish…
September 23, 2020

LEBANON: ‘This crisis should be handled with a feminist vision’

CIVICUS speaks to Lina Abou Habib, a feminist activist based in Beirut, Lebanon, about the civil society response to the emergency caused by the…
September 23, 2020

Burundi: Political activists arrested earlier this month and journalists remain in prison since 2019

in Geneva

Statement at the 45th Session of the UN Human Rights Council Interactive Dialogue with the UN Commission of Inquiry on Burundi   CIVICUS and…
September 22, 2020

KAZAKHSTAN: ‘The quarantine became a sort of cover for the government to persecute civil society’

CIVICUS speaks to Asya Tulesova, an environmental and civic rights defender from Kazakhstan. On 8 June 2020, Asya was arrested and detained after taking…