September 21, 2022

BRAZIL: ‘If Bolsonaro continues as president, it is a threat to the Amazon and therefore…

PORTUGUESE  CIVICUS discusses the state of environmental activism in Brazil with Daniela Silva, a socio-environmental educator and co-founder of the Aldeias Project, an education,…
September 20, 2022

MYANMAR: ‘The ruling military junta uses fear as a domination tool’

CIVICUS speaks about the human rights situation and prospects for democracy in Myanmar with a civil society activist based in Myanmar, who asked to…
September 14, 2022

UNITED NATIONS: ‘Getting a strong Ocean Treaty across the line would be nothing short of…

CIVICUS speaks with Ellie Hooper of Greenpeace Aotearoa about civil society’s role in the ongoing negotiations towards the development of a United Nations Ocean…
September 13, 2022

UNITED NATIONS: ‘Ocean Treaty negotiations are largely a backroom discussion that excludes civil society’

CIVICUS speaks John Paul Jose about civil society’s role in the ongoing negotiations towards a United Nations (UN) High Seas Treaty. John is an environmental…
September 12, 2022

ANGOLA: ‘Much effort was put into excluding people from the electoral process’

PORTUGUESE CIVICUS speaks about the recent Angolan election and its aftermath with Catarina Antunes Gomes and Cesaltina Abreu from the Social Sciences and Humanities…
September 11, 2022

SIERRA LEONE: ‘Civil society needs international support to monitor the implementation of the new land…

CIVICUS speaks with Berns Lebbie, lead campaigner and national coordinator of Land for Life (LfL) in Sierra Leone, about two new laws aimed at…
September 09, 2022

UNITED NATIONS: ‘From now on, states should adopt a human rights approach to environmental regulation’

CIVICUS speaks with Victoria Lichet, executive director of the Global Pact Coalition, about the resolution recently passed by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA)…
September 08, 2022

ANGOLA: ‘Chances for real democracy in Angola are quite low’

Portuguese  CIVICUS speaks about the recent presidential and National Assembly election in Angola with Pascoal Baptistiny, Executive Director of MBAKITA – Kubango Agricultural Benevolent…
September 03, 2022

CHILE: ‘The million-dollar question is how society will react if a new constitution does not…

CIVICUS speaks about Chile’s impending constitutional referendum with Julieta Suárez Cao, PhD in Political Science and Associate Professor of Comparative Politics at the Catholic…
September 01, 2022

PALESTINE: ‘Colonial powers of the global north have normalised murder and devastation in the global…

CIVICUS speaks with a Palestinian civil society activist, who asked to remain anonymous for security reasons, about the use of online activism to raise…
September 01, 2022

PANAMA: ‘Protests reflect structural inequalities and frustration at blatant corruption’

CIVICUS speaks about recent protests in Panama with Eileen Ng Fábrega, Executive Director of the Panamanian Chamber of Social Development (CAPADESO). CAPADESO is a network…
August 31, 2022

EGYPT: ‘The president is desperate for international attention ahead of 2024 election’

CIVICUS speaks with Ahmed Samih about the repression of civic space in Egypt ahead of the COP27 climate summit, which will be held in…
August 30, 2022

SIERRA LEONE: ‘We advocate for a civic space where people can protest with no risks’

CIVICUS speaks about recent protests in Sierra Leone with Andrew Lavali, Executive Director of the Institute for Governance Reform, a civil society organisation (CSO)…
August 29, 2022

NICARAGUA: ‘The regime seeks to annihilate all forms of autonomous citizen organisation’

CIVICUS speaks with María Teresa Blandón, a Nicaraguan human rights defender and director of Feminist Programme La Corriente, a civil society organisation (CSO) whose…
August 25, 2022

CANADA: ‘The Pope didn’t deliver a clear apology to Indigenous people on behalf of the…

CIVICUS speaks with Virginie Ladisch of the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) about the recent apology of Pope Francis to Canadian Indigenous peoples…
August 24, 2022

MALAWI: ‘The tactics used by the current administration are the same used by its predecessors’

CIVICUS speaks about recent protests in Malawi with Michael Kaiyatsa, Executive Director of the Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR). CHRR is civil…
August 23, 2022

DRC: ‘The United Nations’ peacekeeping mission has failed’

CIVICUS speaks about the ongoing protests against the United Nations (UN) Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), MONUSCO, with…
August 23, 2022

JORDAN: ‘Transnational feminist solidarity is vital in the struggle against gender-based violence’

 Content warning: this interview contains references to femicide and violence. CIVICUS speaks with Banan Abu Zain Eddin about the widespread anger triggered by recent…
August 19, 2022

KENYA: ‘People are discouraged from voting when they think that voices do not matter’

CIVICUS speaks about the recent presidential election in Kenya with Ken Ogembo, programme manager of Siasa Place. Siasa Place is a civil society organisation…
August 18, 2022

SIERRA LEONE: ‘We are dealing with a relentless campaign by anti-rights groups’

CIVICUS speaks about the struggle for sexual and reproductive health rights in Sierra Leone with Nicky Spencer-Coker, head of advocacy and movement building of Purposeful…
August 17, 2022

THAILAND: ‘Spyware was used to monitor protesters’ online activity’

CIVICUS speaks about the use of surveillance technology against civil society activists in Thailand with Sutawan Chanprasert, founder and executive director of DigitalReach, a…
August 16, 2022

GUINEA: ‘The democratic future of the region is at stake in our country’

CIVICUS speaks about the lack of progress in the transition to democracy in Guinea since its 2021 military coup with Abdoulaye Oumou Sow, head…
August 15, 2022

JAPAN: ‘Links between politics and the religious right have impeded progress on LGBTQI+ rights’

CIVICUS speaks with Akira Nishiyama, executive officer of the Japan Alliance for Legislation to Remove Social Barriers based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity…
August 14, 2022

CANADA: ‘Indigenous people who are most marginalised experience significant human rights violations.’

CIVICUS speaks about Indigenous people’s rights in Canada with Melanie Omeniho, president of Les Femmes Michif Otipemisiwak/Women of the Metis Nation (LFMO). Founded in…
August 10, 2022

AUSTRALIA: ‘Indigenous Australians must be represented at the heart of policy-making’

CIVICUS speaks about Indigenous peoples’ rights in Australia with Paul Wright, National Director of Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation (ANTaR), a civil society…
August 09, 2022

UNITED NATIONS: ‘The power of anti-rights groups is growing; difficult times lie ahead’

CIVICUS speaks with Tamara Adrián, founder and director of DIVERLEX-Diversity and Equality Through Law, about the successful civil society campaign for the renewal of…
August 08, 2022

EGYPT: ‘Women’s rights are not a priority in the government’s agenda’

Content warning: this interview contains references to sexual assault, rape and femicide. CIVICUS speaks with Azza Soliman about the widespread anger triggered by recent…
August 05, 2022

BANGLADESH: ‘Civil society made a lot of efforts to stop Japan financing the Matarbari project’

CIVICUS speaks about the cancellation of the Matarbari 2 coal-fired power plant project in Bangladesh with Sharif Jamil, General Secretary of Bangladesh Paribesh Andolon…
August 04, 2022

‘Due to closed civic space, it is difficult to build the resilience of communities inside…

CIVICUS speaks with Helen Kidan, executive member of the Eritrean Movement for Democracy and Human Rights (EMDHR), about 20 years of crackdown by the…
August 03, 2022

CAMEROON: ‘Indigenous people should be at the forefront of our own movement and speak for…

CIVICUS speaks about Indigenous peoples’ rights in Cameroon with Barrister Unusa Karimu, board member of Mbororo Social and Cultural Development Association (MBOSCUDA). MBOSCUDA is…
August 01, 2022

SPAIN: ‘We demand legal and safe channels for migration; attempts to stop it will only…

CIVICUS speaks with Solidary Wheels about the deadly consequences of European governments’ anti-migrant policies, in light of the deaths of migrants at an attempted…
July 28, 2022

Pakistan:‘International support to civil society must come with understanding of our political & societal context’

CIVICUS speaks about the political situation in Pakistan since the removal of its Prime Minister Imran Khan with journalist and researcher Rabia Mehmood. Rabia…
July 21, 2022

MONGOLIA: ‘The government makes decisions without proper consultation’

CIVICUS speaks with two civil society activists, who asked to remain anonymous for security reasons, about restrictions experienced by civil society in Mongolia and…
July 20, 2022

TUNISIA: ‘The new constitution will guarantee the president extensive powers, enabling further violations’

CIVICUS speaks about Tunisia’s 25 July constitutional referendum with Amine Ghali, director of Al Kawakibi Democracy Transition Center (KADEM).  KADEM is a civil society…
July 14, 2022

JAMAICA: ‘We must establish a republic – where the people are sovereign and not the…

CIVICUS speaks about the movement to make Jamaica a republic with Professor Rosalea Hamilton, founding director of the Institute of Law and Economics and…
July 13, 2022

TURKEY: ‘Civilian refugees should not be used as political bargaining chips’

CIVICUS speaks with Bassam Alahmad, co-founder and executive director of Syrians for Truth and Justice (STJ), about the Turkish plan to return one million…