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 05, 2019

UN SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR: ‘Human rights defenders are ordinary people doing extraordinary things’

CIVICUS speaks to Michel Forst, United Nations’ Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, about key challenges and responses, and the role…
March 01, 2019

UNITED STATES: Voices of vulnerable groups are suppressed if their votes are not counted

During the US midterm elections held in November 2018, great numbers of eligible voters, particularly from historically marginalised groups, were prevented from voting due…
March 01, 2019

G20: ‘Global activism must reconnect with the real experiences of people on the ground’

In December 2018 thousands of people marched against neoliberal policies in Argentina, where the Summit of the G20 Heads of State was being held…
February 28, 2019

PAKISTAN: ‘The environment for civil society is suffocating’

Throughout 2018, the space for civil society continued to deteriorate in Pakistan, particularly in the context of July’s election. CIVICUS speaks about the increasing…
February 27, 2019

CAMBODIA: ‘We need to bring back to life the spirit of the Paris Peace Agreement’

The conditions for civil society in Cambodia have continued to deteriorate. In 2018, the government imposed further restrictions on the right to the freedom…
February 26, 2019

ECUADOR: ‘Today better conditions exist for the exercise of democratic freedoms’

CIVICUS speaks about apparently improving conditions for civil society in Ecuador with Daniel Barragán, Executive Director of the International Centre for Research on the…
February 26, 2019

Dominican Republic: Big Opportunities, Bigger Challenges for Civil Society Domestic Resourcing

The term sustainability is being used maybe more than ever by civil society organisations (CSOs) in Latin America and the Caribbean, as they are…
February 18, 2019

SUDAN: Demands for political change are fuelled by brutal state response to protests

Following a year that was marked by the violent repression of any kind of opposition and dissent in Sudan, a situation that has continued…
February 13, 2019

ESCAZÚ: ‘The work of civil society made a huge difference’

After several years of negotiations, in March 2018 the first environmental treaty for Latin America and the Caribbean, the Regional Agreement on Access to…
February 12, 2019

ESCAZÚ: A milestone on the road to ending Latin America’s environmental conflicts

After several years of negotiations, the Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Public Participation and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters in Latin America…
February 12, 2019

IRAN: ‘Women are the thorn in the sides of hardliners’

Following a year in which women’s rights protests made headlines worldwide - including in Iran, where women’s struggles were symbolised by the resurgence of…
February 11, 2019

PHILIPPINES: ‘All positive developments have been driven by civil society’s persistence’

Following a year that saw further deterioration of the rule of law and rising impunity for rampant human rights violations in the Philippines, CIVICUS…
February 06, 2019

TANZANIA: ‘Despite threats, we will not retreat from defending the rights of our communities’

CIVICUS speaks to Joseph Ole Parsambei, Executive Director of the Tanzania Pastoralist Community Forum (TPCF), about the threats faced by environmental, land and indigenous…
February 05, 2019

BRAZIL: ‘The new government has come to establish a regressive, anti-rights agenda’

Portuguese In the October 2018 elections, Brazil elected as president a former military officer and far-right populist, Jair Bolsonaro, who ran a particularly aggressive…
January 30, 2019

IRAN: A new generation of civic-minded, courageous activists is rising

Following a year that was characterised by a continued crackdown on fundamental freedoms in Iran, CIVICUS speaks to Sohrab Razzaghi, Executive Director of the…
January 29, 2019

DRC: ‘The 2018 elections carried the hope of change’

French  Following the publication of our report, ‘Democracy for All: Beyond a Crisis of Imagination’, we continue to interview civil society activists and leaders…
January 25, 2019

VENEZUELA: Crisis demands a combined humanitarian and human rights response

Venezuela has been immersed in a political crisis for some time now. In May 2018, while hundreds of thousands of Venezuelan citizens were leaving…
January 25, 2019

CHILE: Protests reveal lack of accountability of the Catholic Church

In 2018, protests broke out in Chile, and then spread to other countries, in reaction to revelations of sexual abuse perpetrated by Catholic priests.…
January 17, 2019

VIETNAM: ‘We hope UN member states will listen to civil society’

  Ahead of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Vietnam’s human rights record at the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council on 22 January…
January 11, 2019

ARGENTINA: ‘Change is inevitable. It is just a matter of time’

Twitter: Edurne Cárdenas In 2018, after years of civil society efforts, Argentina’s congress discussed an initiative to legalise abortion for the first time. While…
January 10, 2019

BOLIVIA: Increasing reduction of spaces immune to state co-optation or repression

CEDLA: Javier Gómez Bolivia was home to a series of protests in 2018. CIVICUS speaks about these to Javier Gómez Aguilar, Executive Director of…
January 09, 2019

ISRAEL: There is a lack of political will to end the occupation

  Twitter: Amit Gilutz After a tough year for dissent in the occupied Palestinian territories, CIVICUS speaks to Amit Gilutz, spokesperson of B’Tselem –…
January 08, 2019

INDIA: When justice is on your side, you have to keep on fighting

Flickr: Anand Grover After years of civil society campaigning and legal action, gay sex was decriminalised in India in 2018. CIVICUS speaks to Anand…
December 18, 2018

MIGRATION: ‘The way our countries are treating refugees –this isn't the Europe we want’

CIVICUS speaks to Giorgia Linardi, spokesperson for Sea-Watch in Italy, and Julian Pahlke, chairperson of Jugend Rettet (‘Youth Rescues’) and former crew member of…
December 06, 2018

UN SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR: ‘Counter-terrorism is devouring international law’

CIVICUS speaks to Agnes Callamard, United Nations’ Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions, about her latest report, Saving lives is not a…
December 05, 2018

HAITI: The conditions for democracy are not being met

French Following the publication of our report, ‘Democracy for All: Beyond a Crisis of Imagination’, we continue to interview civil society activists and leaders…
November 19, 2018

PAKISTAN: ‘Democratic forces have become weak due to prolonged military regimes’

As part of our 2018 report on the theme of reimagining democracy, we are interviewing civil society activists and leaders about their work to…
November 08, 2018

FIJI: ‘In a democracy, the power of the people doesn’t begin and end at the…

As part of our 2018 report on the theme of reimagining democracy, we are interviewing civil society activists and leaders about their work to…
October 08, 2018

Burundi bans international NGOs

Burundi’s National Council for Security in September announced a blanket 3-month ban on international NGOs. CIVICUS speaks to a human rights defender who asked…
October 08, 2018

VENEZUELA: ‘Venezuelans are not emigrating in search for better opportunities, but to save their lives’

CIVICUS speaks to Alicia Pantoja, co-founder of Manos Veneguayas. Based in Montevideo, Uruguay, Manos Veneguayas is a civil society organisation (CSO) run by Venezuelans…
October 04, 2018

SOUTH KOREA: ‘Achieving victory by our own hands'

As part of our 2018 report on the theme of reimagining democracy, we are interviewing civil society activists and leaders about their work to…
September 25, 2018

NICARAGUA: ‘The protests expressed an articulated demand for genuine democracy, based on respect for the…

As part of our 2018 report on the theme of reimagining democracy, we are interviewing civil society activists, leaders and specialists about their work…
September 18, 2018

SWEDEN: ‘Swedish civil society needs to defend democracy at the grassroots level on a daily…

As part of our 2018 report on the theme of reimagining democracy, we are interviewing civil society activists and leaders about their work to…
September 14, 2018

CIVIL SOCIETY ACCOUNTABILITY: ‘As civic space is under attack, building trust in civil society is…

Español As part of our 2018 report on the theme of reimagining democracy, we are interviewing civil society activists, leaders and specialists about their…