April 13, 2024

DRC: ‘Civil society action is needed more than ever, but the space in which it…

CIVICUS speaks with Bahati Rubango, country coordinator at the Women’s International Peace Centre (WIPC), about conflict in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic…
April 12, 2024

SUDAN: ‘The only way out of this mess is through civilian rule’

CIVICUS speaks about the war in Sudan and its repercussions for women and civil society with Reem Abbas, a Sudanese feminist activist, writer and…
April 11, 2024

BURKINA FASO: ‘Pro-democracy civil society is practically paralysed by the intensity and ferocity of the…

CIVICUS speaks with Ousmane Miphal Lankoandé, Executive Secretary and Coordinator of the governance and citizen mobilisation programme at Balai Citoyen (‘Civic Broom’) about human…
April 10, 2024

BELGIUM: ‘Petrochemical production must align with human and environmental wellbeing’

CIVICUS speaks with Tatiana Luján, Materials Systems Lead at ClientEarth, about a lawsuit filed in collaboration with 15 other civil society organisations (CSOs) against…
April 09, 2024

DENMARK: ‘Many are eager to see tangible action to address the situation in Gaza’

CIVICUS speaks with Vibe Klarup, Secretary General of Amnesty International Denmark, about the joint civil society lawsuit brought against the Danish state to stop…
April 06, 2024

NIGER: ‘France and the USA have displayed imperial attitudes towards poor countries in Africa’

CIVICUS speaks about Niger’s recent decision to suspend military cooperation with the USA with Dr Boubacar N’Diaye, Emeritus Professor of Pan-African Studies and Political…
April 05, 2024

SENEGAL: ‘The restriction of civic space remains civil society’s greatest concern’

CIVICUS speaks with Malick Ndome, senior policy adviser and board member at the Council of Non-Governmental Organisations in Support of Development (CONGAD), about the…
April 04, 2024

BALKANS: ‘The emergence of white supremacism adds another layer of vulnerability for migrants and refugees’

CIVICUS speaks with Myriam Correa, director of Collective Aid, about the situation of migrants across the Balkan migration route. Initially under the name BelgrAid,…
April 03, 2024

SLOVAKIA: ‘The election result may reinforce the country’s image as a problematic EU member’

CIVICUS speaks with Michal Piško, Director of Transparency International Slovensko, about Slovakia’s recent first-round presidential election and the upcoming runoff. Transparency International Slovensko is…
April 02, 2024

MOZAMBIQUE: ‘We need to reach out to communities to get them involved in the fight…

PORTUGUESE CIVICUS speaks with Simão Tila, executive director of the League of NGOs in Mozambique (JOINT), about the increase in violence in northern Mozambique,…
March 28, 2024

KYRGYZSTAN: ‘Civil society realises the importance of joint actions to protect rights and freedoms’

CIVICUS speaks about the potential approval of a Law on Foreign Representatives that would further restrict civil society in Kyrgyzstan with Murat Karypov, Project…
March 27, 2024

HONG KONG: ‘The law is not about national security – it’s about the authoritarian regime’s…

CIVICUS speaks about the passing of a new security law and the state of civic space in Hong Kong with Patrick Poon. Patrick is…
March 26, 2024

NETHERLANDS: ‘Anti-rights movements are gaining ground, challenging progress towards gender equality’

CIVICUS speaks with Eva Lia Colombo, Project Leader Climate & Gender at WO=MEN Dutch Gender Platform, about the state of the feminist movement in…
March 23, 2024

CROATIA: ‘The longer this government remains in power, the weaker democracy and the rule of…

CIVICUS speaks about ongoing anti-government protests in Croatia with Oriana Ivković Novokmet, Executive Director of Gong. Gong is a think-do tank whose work focuses…
March 22, 2024

SRI LANKA: ‘The government curtails online expression critical of democratic and governance deficits’

CIVICUS speaks about recent restrictions on freedom of expression in Sri Lanka with Darshatha Gamage, Head of Programmes at Hashtag Generation. Hashtag Generation is…
March 21, 2024

EUROPE: ‘Member states must introduce national anti-SLAPP legislation to protect public watchdogs’

CIVICUS speaks with Francesca Borg Costanzi, Advocacy Officer at the Daphne Caruana Galizia Foundation, about the recently adopted European Union (EU) Anti-SLAPP Directive and…
March 20, 2024

PORTUGAL: ‘These elections have reminded us that democracies are fragile and imperfect’

PORTUGUESE CIVICUS speaks about the results of Portugal’s 10 March election with Ana Carmo of Akto, a Portuguese civil society organisation that promotes human…
March 19, 2024

LESOTHO: ‘We need constitutional protections for press freedom and access to information’

CIVICUS speaks about press freedoms in Lesotho with Kananelo Boloetse, chairperson of the Lesotho Chapter of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA Lesotho).…
March 18, 2024

TUVALU: ‘We share Taiwan’s democratic principles, values and struggles for sovereignty’

CIVICUS speaks about the prospects following the inauguration of a new government in Tuvalu with Kiali Molu, a PhD candidate in Politics and International…
March 16, 2024

KENYA: ‘Protests against femicides encouraged survivors to seek justice’

CIVICUS speaks with Wangechi Wachira, Executive Director of the Centre for Rights, Education and Awareness (CREAW), about recent protests demanding justice for femicide victims…
March 15, 2024

INDIA: ‘Civil society efforts will be crucial to the quality of the elections’

CIVICUS speaks with Anjali Bhardwaj, founding member of the Society for Citizen Vigilance Initiatives (Satark Nagrik Sangathan, SNS), about recent electoral reforms and civil…
March 13, 2024

CHILE: ‘Legislation to tackle forest fires must be based on co-responsibility’

CIVICUS speaks with Mauro González, Senior Researcher at the Centre for Climate Science and Resilience, (CR)2, about fires that recently spread through Chile’s Valparaíso…
March 12, 2024

AFGHANISTAN: ‘The risks posed by Taliban rule are too grave for the international community to…

CIVICUS speaks about the situation of human rights and women’s rights in Afghanistan with Ehsan Shayegan, founder and president of the Porsesh Policy Research…
March 11, 2024

JORDAN: ‘Commercial spyware that enables digital repression and abuse must be completely banned’

CIVICUS speaks with Access Now about their forensic investigation that exposed the use of Pegasus spyware to target activists and journalists in Jordan. Access Now…
March 09, 2024

EUROPE: ‘Governments are adopting measures that are beneficial for the climate but forget to include…

CIVICUS speaks with Karin Van Boxtel, Co Interim Director of Both ENDS, about the farmers’ protests happening across Europe. Both ENDS is a civil…
March 02, 2024

EUROPEAN MEDIA FREEDOM ACT: ‘It will be crucial for EU member states to take this…

CIVICUS speaks with Renate Schroeder, Director of the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), about the European Media Freedom Act, the first integrated legislation that…
March 01, 2024

MEXICO: ‘Civil society is a retaining wall against government malpractice’

CIVICUS speaks with Carlos G Guerrero Orozco, a Mexican lawyer and co-founder and president of Human Rights and Strategic Litigation-Mexico (DLM Mexico), about a…
February 29, 2024

GREECE: ‘We fought until same-sex marriage stopped being impossible and became a necessary change’

CIVICUS speaks about Greece’s recent legalisation of same-sex marriage with Giorgos Keratsas, Communications Officer of Positive Voice-Greek Association of People Living with HIV. Founded…
February 28, 2024

INDONESIA: ‘Prabowo’s victory represents the worst-case scenario for the future of human rights’

CIVICUS speaks with Rizky Argama, Executive Director, and Violla Reininda, Programme Manager at the Centre of Indonesian Law and Policy Studies (PSHK), about the…
February 27, 2024

ST VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES: ‘We advocate for the repeal of anti-gay laws as a…

CIVICUS speaks about struggles for LGBTQI+ rights and a recent legal setback in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) with Jeshua Bardoo, founder and…
February 25, 2024

NETHERLANDS: ‘No government should allow transfers of weapons to a state committing war crimes’

CIVICUS speaks with Frank Slijper, Arms Trade project lead at PAX, about a recent court victory in a case brought jointly with Oxfam Novib…
February 24, 2024

IRAN: ‘The regime is executing protesters to create fear and suppress any attempt at new…

CIVICUS speaks about the ongoing wave of executions in Iran with Asal Abasian, an Iranian journalist and queer feminist activist. After receiving serious threats,…
February 23, 2024

HORN OF AFRICA: ‘De-escalation must be the primary objective’

CIVICUS speaks with Mengistu Assefa, Program Manager at the Center for the Advancement of Rights and Democracy (CARD), about a port deal between Ethiopia…
February 22, 2024

PAPUA NEW GUINEA: ‘The police response to riots mustn’t happen again’

CIVICUS speaks about recent riots and the worsening human rights situation in Papua New Guinea (PNG) with Shirley Abriella Kaupa, Program Coordinator at Magna…
February 21, 2024

GLOBAL: ‘Only through adherence to humanitarian principles and the rule of law can we shift…

CIVICUS speaks with Neshan Gunasekera, an international lawyer from Sri Lanka, about the role of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the context…
February 20, 2024

SENEGAL: ‘After being an example of democracy in Africa, we are increasingly tending towards authoritarianism’

CIVICUS speaks with Abdou Aziz Cissé, Advocacy Officer at AfricTivistes, about President Macky Sall’s decision to postpone the presidential election that was due on…
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