October 03, 2019

Civil Society in Latin America makes its way into sharing economy

This article is part of the #StoriesOfResilience series, coordinated by CIVICUS to feature groups and activists on their journey to promote better resourcing practices…
September 30, 2019

CONSPIRACY THEORIES: ‘When social trust has been eroded, people don’t know what to believe’

As part of our 2019 thematic report, we are interviewing civil society activists, leaders and experts about their experience of facing backlash by anti-rights…
September 27, 2019

CLIMATE CHANGE: ‘There is no respect for the role of civil society’

Portuguese CIVICUS speaks with Adriana Ramos, advisor at Instituto Socioambiental (ISA), a Brazilian civil society organisation that has worked since 1994 to propose solutions to…
September 26, 2019

MIGRANTS’ RIGHTS: ‘Hate speech is driven by unequal power relations and negative stereotypes’

As part of our 2019 thematic report, we are interviewing civil society activists, leaders and experts about their experience of facing backlash by anti-rights…
September 25, 2019

ETHIOPIA: ‘Civil society can play a key role in overcoming divisions’

CIVICUS speaks to Yared Hailemariam, Executive Director of the Association for Human Rights in Ethiopia, about recent political reforms in Ethiopia, the opening opportunities…
September 24, 2019

UNITED NATIONS: ‘Civil society has proved itself to be an indispensable ally’

CIVICUS speaks to Ben Donaldson, Head of Campaigns at the United Nations Association – UK (UNA-UK). Founded in 1945, UNA-UK is devoted to building…
September 23, 2019

HUMAN RIGHTS: ‘People have a great desire for positive stories’

CIVICUS speaks with Saleem Vaillancourt, a journalist and media producer who works to promote the rights of Iran’s Bahá’í community and to encourage positive…
September 20, 2019

CHILE: ‘The COP needs the participation of civil society’

In a context of great mobilisation on climate action around the world and in the run up to the next Conference of the Parties on…
September 19, 2019

ANTI-RIGHTS GROUPS: ‘They don’t think human rights are universal, or they don’t view all people…

As part of our 2019 thematic report, we are interviewing civil society activists, leaders and experts about their experience of facing backlash by anti-rights…
September 18, 2019

INDONESIA: ‘We often face threats for reporting on abuses in Papua’

Since August 2019, there have been mass protests in Papua and West Papua, Indonesia. Protesters have demanded self-determination and called attention to racism by…
September 17, 2019

HATE SPEECH: ‘The fact that this is how online platforms are supposed to work is…

As part of our 2019 thematic report, we are interviewing civil society activists, leaders and experts about their experience of facing backlash by anti-rights…
September 16, 2019

MYANMAR: ‘The government needs to open the doors’

CIVICUS speaks with Nay Lin Tun, a doctor and civil society humanitarian worker in Myanmar, about conflict in Rakhine State, the difficulties faced by…
September 10, 2019

VIETNAM: ‘The government is using non-state actors against minority religions’

CIVICUS speaks with Thang Nguyen of Boat People SOS (BPSOS), a civil society organisation based in the USA and Thailand, about the challenges for…
September 09, 2019

ANTI-RIGHTS GROUPS: ‘They want to stop us because we do make a difference’

As part of our 2019 thematic report, we are interviewing civil society activists, leaders and experts about their experiences of facing backlash by anti-rights…
September 06, 2019

THAILAND: ‘Nobody should go to jail simply for expressing their opinions’

CIVICUS speaks with Sutharee Wannasiri, a human rights activist in Thailand who has been facing criminal prosecution and a civil lawsuit as a result…
September 04, 2019

BRAZIL: ‘Discrimination and hate speech are becoming normalised’

As part of our 2019 thematic report, we are interviewing civil society activists, leaders and experts about their experiences of backlash from anti-rights groups…
September 03, 2019

ARTISTIC FREEDOM: ‘Artists are targeted because art is a powerful messaging vehicle’

CIVICUS speaks about the state of artistic expression with Srirak Plipat, Executive Director of Freemuse, the main international civil society organisation advocating for and…
August 30, 2019

CHILE: ‘Anti-rights groups become stronger when their narrative emanates from the government’

As part of our 2019 thematic report, we are interviewing civil society activists, leaders and experts about their experiences and actions in the face…
August 29, 2019

REFUGEE RIGHTS: ‘It’s about finding ways to make refugee voices stronger’

CIVICUS speaks to Evan Jones of the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN) about the challenges that refugees face in Asia and civil society’s…
August 26, 2019

UNITED NATIONS: ‘Anti-rights groups come in under the pretence of speaking about human rights’

As part of our 2019 thematic report, we are interviewing civil society activists and their allies about their experience of facing backlash by anti-rights…
August 23, 2019

CLIMATE STRIKES: ‘We take risks because there is no security without a future’

CIVICUS speaks to Arshak Makichyan, a Russian violin student at the Moscow Conservatory who started weekly climate strikes on 15 March 2019. Arshak, who…
August 15, 2019

BOTSWANA: ‘Anti-right groups are emerging in reaction to progressive gains’

As part of our 2019 thematic report, we are interviewing civil society activists and leaders about their experiences of backlash from anti-rights groups and…
August 14, 2019

HIV/AIDS: ‘We need a global civil society movement that stands together for all rights’

  CIVICUS speaks to Alessandra Nilo, co-founder and Executive Director of GESTOS – HIV and AIDS, Communication and Gender, a civil society organisation (CSO)…
August 13, 2019

REFUGEE RIGHTS: ‘My status doesn't represent me’

As part of our 2019 thematic report, we are interviewing civil society activists and leaders about their human rights work, their experiences of backlash…
August 12, 2019

LGBTQI RIGHTS: ‘There is an ongoing desire among many to more closely regulate morality’

As part of our 2019 thematic report, we are interviewing civil society activists, leaders and experts about their experiences of backlash from anti-rights groups…
July 29, 2019

WOMEN’S RIGHTS: ‘Progressive civil society must claim for itself the defence of life’

As part of our 2019 thematic report, we are interviewing civil society activists, leaders and experts about their experiences of backlash from anti-rights groups…
July 25, 2019

SRI LANKA: ‘People are scared of expressing themselves freely’

In April 2019, more than 250 people were killed and hundreds injured in a terror attack in Sri Lanka that targeted three churches and…
July 12, 2019

ONLINE CIVIC SPACE: ‘We shouldn’t expect tech giants to solve the problems that they have…

As part of our 2019 thematic report, we are interviewing civil society activists and leaders about their experiences of backlash from anti-rights groups and…
July 11, 2019

PERU: ‘The ultra-conservative tide is affecting democratic life and fundamental rights’

As part of our 2019 thematic report, we are interviewing civil society activists and leaders about their experiences of backlash from anti-rights groups and…
July 11, 2019

HONG KONG: ‘We may have not achieved our demands yet, but we've built solidarity’

Millions of people took to the streets of Hong Kong in June 2019 to protest against a proposed Extradition Bill that would have allowed…
July 10, 2019

‘In response to anti-right narratives, we need to support one another in all of our…

As part of our 2019 thematic report, we are interviewing civil society activists and leaders about their experiences of backlash from anti-rights groups and…
July 09, 2019

WOMEN’S RIGHTS: ‘Anti-rights groups are trying to take away our acquired rights’

As part of our 2019 thematic report, we are interviewing civil society activists and leaders about their experiences of backlash from anti-rights groups and…
June 27, 2019

‘People cannot stay on the sidelines when their rights are being taken away’

As part of our 2019 thematic report, we are interviewing civil society activists and leaders about their experiences of backlash from anti-rights groups and…
June 19, 2019

'Global policy-making can greatly benefit from the expertise of regular citizens'

CIVICUS speaks to Antoine Vergne, Director of Strategic Partnerships at Missions Publiques, an impact-driven organisation that seeks to improve policy-making at the local, national…
May 31, 2019

Ghana: “People want CSOs to stay and thrive, not to shut down”

FRENCH This article is part of the #StoriesOfResilience series, coordinated by CIVICUS to feature groups and activists on their journey to promote better resourcing practices for civil…
May 30, 2019

CHINA: ’30 years after Tiananmen, the world witnesses the consequences of nurturing China’

4 June 2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen crackdown in China when hundreds, if not thousands, of unarmed peaceful pro-democracy protesters were…