February 27, 2020

G20: ‘Civil society is treated as a second-class partner; its recommendations often go unheard’

CIVICUS speaks with María Emilia Berazategui, Transparency International’s Global Advocacy Coordinator, about the role of civil society in international and inter-governmental forums and the…
February 26, 2020

The climate emergency is a threat to human rights and human life

in Geneva

Statement at the 43rd Session of the UN Human Rights Council Delivered by youth climate activist, Paloma Costa My name is Paloma Costa and I…
February 26, 2020

PHILIPPINES: ‘If we don’t fight against the system, people will continue to die’

Following a year marked by massive mobilisation on the climate emergency, CIVICUS is interviewing civil society activists, leaders and experts about the main environmental…
February 25, 2020

LEBANON: ‘Increased popular awareness is irreversible, it will remain despite any setbacks’

CIVICUS speaks with Ziad Abdel Samad, Executive Director of the Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND), and Zahra Bazzi, ANND Programmes Manager, about the…
February 24, 2020

#UN75: ‘The UN cannot afford to miss opportunities for civil society engagement’

2020 marks 75 years since the founding of the United Nations (UN). CIVICUS is speaking with civil society activists, advocates and practitioners about the…
February 24, 2020

Advocacy priorities at 43rd Session of UN Human Rights Council

in Geneva

The four-week human rights council will sit from 24 February to 20 March, and there are a number of critical human rights resolutions up…
February 21, 2020

COLOMBIA: ‘Citizens are outraged and tired of the policies that have plunged them into poverty’

CIVICUS speaks with Alexandra González Zapata, coordinator for democracy and social protest at the Solidarity Committee with Political Prisoners Foundation, and a member of…
February 21, 2020

Ladies European Tour community should #StandWithSaudiHeroes

in News

In December 2019, the Ladies European Tour Tour announced that it would hold a tournament in Saudi Arabia from the 19th to the 22nd…
February 20, 2020

SDGs: ‘Gaps in data coverage are most likely to exclude the poorest people’

CIVICUS speaks to Dr Claire Melamed, CEO of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, an open, independent, multi-stakeholder network aimed at harnessing the…
February 19, 2020

LGBTQI+ RIGHTS IN UGANDA: ‘Intolerance is fuelled by anti-rights groups and leaders’

Following our 2019 special report on anti-rights groups and civil society responses, we are interviewing civil society activists and leaders about their experiences of…
February 18, 2020

DIGITAL DIVIDE: ‘The uncritical adoption of technology is particularly risky in humanitarian crises’

CIVICUS speaks to Barnaby Willitts-King, Senior Research Fellow at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). Established in 1960 and currently working in 50 countries around…
February 17, 2020

PAPUA NEW GUINEA: ‘If we allow seabed mining everyone is at risk’

Following a year marked by massive mobilisation around the climate emergency, CIVICUS is interviewing civil society activists, leaders and experts about the main environmental…
February 14, 2020

CHINA: ‘Its international role both originates in and enables domestic political control’

CIVICUS speaks about China’s growing international role with Sharon Hom, Executive Director of Human Rights in China (HRIC), Adjunct Professor of Law at the…
February 13, 2020

Myanmar: Lift Internet Restrictions in Rakhine and Chin States

in News

Mobile internet blackout in four townships in Rakhine State among the world’s longest running.
February 13, 2020

#UN75: ‘Commitments to the Women, Peace and Security agenda are going unfulfilled’

2020 marks 75 years since the founding of the United Nations (UN). CIVICUS is speaking with civil society activists, advocates and practitioners about the…
February 12, 2020

‘Chile has entirely privatised water, which means that theft is institutionalised’

  Following a year marked by massive mobilisation on the climate emergency, CIVICUS is interviewing civil society activists, leaders and experts about the main…
February 12, 2020

Philippines: Raids on NGO offices, arbitrary arrests of activists and freezing of accounts

CIVICUS, the global civil society alliance, is extremely concerned about a crackdown against activists and progressive groups in the region of Eastern Visayas by…
February 11, 2020

BOLIVIA: ‘We empower young people so they can lead the climate movement’

Following a year marked by massive mobilisation on the climate emergency, CIVICUS is interviewing civil society activists, leaders and experts about the main environmental…
February 10, 2020

South Sudan: UN must extend mandate of reporting mission

in Geneva

To: Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the United Nations Human Rights Council Re: The UN Human Rights Council should extend the…
February 10, 2020

HONG KONG: ‘This is a leader-full movement, ran by countless small networks of talented people’

CIVICUS speaks about the protests that have rocked Hong Kong since June 2019 with Johnson Ching-Yin Yeung, democracy movement organiser and chairperson of the…
February 07, 2020

BOLIVIA: ‘Civil society, like political society, is deeply divided’

CIVICUS speaks about the 2019 protests and elections in Bolivia with Eliana Quiroz, Executive Director of Fundación Internet Bolivia (Bolivia Internet Foundation), an organisation…
February 06, 2020

ANTI-RIGHTS GROUPS: ‘Protesting once is not enough; we need to fight back every single day’

Following our 2019 special report on anti-rights groups and civil society responses, we are interviewing civil society activists and leaders about their experiences of…
February 05, 2020

#UN75: ‘The system is slow and not at all agile’

2020 marks 75 years since the founding of the United Nations (UN). CIVICUS is speaking with civil society activists, advocates and practitioners about the…
February 04, 2020

#UN75: ‘It is time for the UN to be bold again!’

2020 marks 75 years since the founding of the United Nations (UN). CIVICUS is speaking with civil society activists, advocates and practitioners about the…
February 03, 2020

#UN75: ‘The Human Rights Council has made a positive difference in addressing human rights violations’

2020 marks 75 years since the founding of the United Nations (UN). CIVICUS is speaking with civil society activists, advocates and practitioners about the…
January 31, 2020

Pakistan: Release activists from Pashtun movement

To: Dr Shireen M Mazari, Federal Minister for Human Rights Ministry of Human Rights Re: Concerns regarding arrests of Pashtun activists and supporters Your…
January 30, 2020

#UN75: ‘Governments use the UN to sanitise their image before the international community’

2020 marks 75 years since the founding of the United Nations (UN). CIVICUS is speaking with civil society activists, advocates and practitioners about the…
January 29, 2020

SPAIN: ‘Democratic rules are being used to promote an anti-rights ideology’

CIVICUS speaks about the recent election in Spain with Núria Valls, president of the Ibero-American League of Civil Society Organisations (Liga Iberoamericana), a platform…
January 28, 2020

PAKISTAN: ‘I was told the people who detained me were from the Army Intelligence Agency’

CIVICUS speaks with Mohammed Ismail, a longstanding member of CIVICUS’ Affinity Group of National Associations (AGNA), a network of 90 national and regional civil…
January 27, 2020

The Republic at 71: faced with an unbending government, Indians continue to speak out

in Op-Eds

By Lysa John Berna, Secretary-General of CIVICUS and Mandeep Singh Tiwana Chief Programmes Officer at CIVICUS A respected woman social activist and political leader beaten and…
January 22, 2020

Activists call on elite at World Economic Forum to declare climate emergency

Open Letter from Activist Leaders World Economic Forum Delegates ‘Activist Leaders Call on World Economic Forum Delegates to Declare Climate Emergency’ We #StandTogether with…
January 21, 2020

CUBA: ‘Dissidents are in the millions; there aren't enough jail cells for so many people’

CIVICUS speaks with Juan Antonio Blanco, director of the Cuban Observatory of Conflicts (Observatorio Cubano de Conflictos), an autonomous civil society project supported by…
January 20, 2020

#UN75: ‘Human rights are at the centre of multilateral diplomacy’

  2020 marks 75 years since the founding of the United Nations (UN). CIVICUS is speaking with civil society activists, advocates and practitioners about…
January 16, 2020

Laos: Letter to UN Member States ahead of human rights review

in Geneva

Open Letter: UN member states must highlight Laos’s severely restrictive civic space environment at its upcoming UN human rights review Your Excellency, As you…
January 16, 2020

Counter-terrorism laws provide a smokescreen for civil society restrictions

in Op-Eds

By Susan Wilding, Head of Geneva Office at CIVICUS In all regions of the world, spontaneous people’s movements are demanding better governance, rule of law…
January 13, 2020

Why we are not engaging with the G20’s civil society process in 2020

in News

العربية The annual G20 summit often seems like a talking shop for the world’s most powerful governments. The leaders of 19 of the largest…