January 24, 2023

BUSINESS AND HUMAN RIGHTS: ‘This treaty should not be negotiated behind closed doors’

CIVICUS speaks about the process to develop an international treaty on business and human rights and the role of civil society with Ivette Gonzalez,…
January 23, 2023

ZAMBIA: ‘The abolition of the death penalty is a victory for civil society calling for…

CIVICUS speaks about Zambia’s recent abolition of the death penalty and the role played by civil society with Macdonald Chipenzi, outgoing Executive Director of…
January 20, 2023

PHILIPPINES: ‘This victory belongs to everyone who supported and fought with us’

CIVICUS speaks about the recent acquittal of 10 human rights defenders in the Philippines with Maria Sol Taule, a human rights lawyer and member…
January 11, 2023

WOMEN’S RIGHTS: ‘Violence against women is a global crisis that needs urgent attention’

CIVICUS speaks about civil society’s role in the fight against gender-based violence with Lina AbiRafeh, a feminist activist, women’s rights expert and Senior Advisor…
January 10, 2023

PERU: ‘Political and social instability has already cost dozens of lives’

CIVICUS speaks about the political crisis in Peru with Nadia Ramos, CEO of the Women’s Leadership Centre of the Americas and official spokesperson for…
December 23, 2022

GUATEMALA: ‘Criminal law is being used as a weapon of political persecution’

CIVICUS discusses corruption in Guatemala and the criminalisation of anti-corruption activism with Claudia González, former member of the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala…
December 21, 2022

AUSTRALIA: ‘Repressive laws have been introduced to limit people’s ability to protest against climate injustice’

CIVICUS speaks about the challenges faced by climate activists in Australia with Nelli Stevenson, head of communications and investigations at Greenpeace Australia Pacific. Greenpeace…
December 18, 2022

AFGHANISTAN: ‘Open-source monitoring reveals both the clampdown on women’s rights and the impact on their…

CIVICUS speaks about the situation of human rights and women’s rights in Afghanistan with Anouk Theunissen and Humaira Rahbin, researchers with Afghan Witness, and…
December 16, 2022

INDONESIA: ‘The new Criminal Code spells danger for civil society’

CIVICUS speaks about the new criminal code passed in Indonesia with Fatia Maulidiyanti, Executive Coordinator of KontraS/The Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of…
December 13, 2022

UNITED NATIONS: ‘Outstanding issues on the binding treaty on business and human rights are mainly…

Why is a binding treaty on business and human rights so important? The process to develop this treaty stems from the conviction that a…
December 06, 2022

LEBANON: ‘The world seems to be starting to forget Syrian refugees’

CIVICUS speaks about the situation of Syrian refugees in Lebanon with Serene Dardari, Middle East Regional Communications Manager, and Mahmoud Abdullah, Lebanon Bekaa Area…
December 02, 2022

SOUTH AFRICA: ‘We want to live in an environment that respects women and recognises our…

As part of the #16DaysOfActivism campaign, CIVICUS speaks with Amanda Nomnqa about civil society efforts to eradicate gender-based violence (GBV) in South Africa. Amanda…
December 01, 2022

EUROPE: ‘Delays in dealing with gender-based violence cost women, children and LGBTQI+ people their lives’

As part of the #16DaysOfActivism campaign, CIVICUS speaks about civil society efforts to eradicate gender-based violence (GBV) with Eliana Jimeno and Charlotte Cramer of…
December 01, 2022

GLOBAL HEALTH: ‘On World AIDS Day we remind people that the HIV pandemic is not…

CIVICUS speaks with Gastón Devisich, Head of Community Engagement of Fundación Huésped’s Research Department, about the role of civil society in the fight against…
November 30, 2022

COLOMBIA: ‘Civil society is an important pillar in work with the migrant population’

CIVICUS speaks with Carmen Aida Faria, director of Fundación Manitas Amarillas (Little Yellow Hands Foundation), about the difficulties faced by Venezuelan migrants in Colombia…
November 29, 2022

COLOMBIA: ‘Lack of regular migration status imposes barriers to accessing rights’

CIVICUS speaks with Jessica Corredor Villamil and Lina Arroyave about the situation of Venezuelan migrants and refugees in Colombia. Jessica is the director of…
November 25, 2022

UK: ‘Women in ethnic minority communities are often treated like second-class citizens’

Founded in 2010, MEWSo is a London-based civil society organisation (CSO) run by and for women from ethnic minority communities of mostly Middle Eastern,…
November 24, 2022

MALAYSIA: ‘Young voters could be Malaysia’s kingmakers

CIVICUS speaks with Tharma Pillai, co-founder and Advocacy Director of Undi18. A youth civil society organisation (CSO) born out of the student movement, Undi18…
November 24, 2022

NAMIBIA: ‘There is only so much civil society can do when those in power support…

CIVICUS speaks with Rinaani Musutua of the Economic and Social Justice Trust (ESJT) about thee resistance of communities in the Okavango River Basin in…
November 23, 2022

CIVIL SOCIETY: ‘Music can be an entry point because it’s the last thing someone could…

Music isn’t necessarily the first thing people associate with civil society work. How do you use music as part of your work? We use…
November 22, 2022

CUBA: ‘The only options available are prison, exile, or submission’

CIVICUS speaks with Cuban activist  Carolina Barrero, who has been in exile in Spain since February 2022, about the circumstances driving increasing numbers of Cubans…
November 17, 2022

QATAR: ‘Labour reforms need to continue after the World Cup is over’

CIVICUS speaks about the World Cup in Qatar with Vani Saraswathi, editor-at-large and director of projects at Migrant-Rights.org and the author of Stories of…
November 15, 2022

TAIWAN: ‘China will do to us what it did to Hong Kong, and what it…

CIVICUS speaks about the situation in Taiwan with Min-Hsuan Wu, known as ttcat, a social movement activist and campaigner and co-founder and CEO of…
November 12, 2022

BAHRAIN: ‘This election is make-believe: its only role is to provide a veneer of democracy’

CIVICUS speaks about the election being held today in Bahrain with Jawad Fairooz, founder and director of Salam for Democracy and Human Rights (Salam…
November 08, 2022

INDONESIA: ‘Communities have the right to have their opinions heard and considered’

CIVICUS speaks about the recent protests triggered by rising fuel prices in Indonesia with Kahar S Cahyono, vice president of communications of Konfederasi Serikat…
November 07, 2022

NORTH KOREA: ‘Many women escape to experience the freedoms they are denied’

CIVICUS speaks with Kyeong Min Shin, researcher with Korea Future, about the situation in North Korea and the challenges faced by North Korean women…
November 04, 2022

COP27: ‘The participation of civil society is important because it represents the voices of communities’

CIVICUS speaks about civil society’s aspirations and roles in the upcoming COP27 climate change summit with Chibeze Ezekiel, coordinator of the Strategic Youth Network…
November 04, 2022

COP27: ‘We shouldn’t even be discussing why civil society needs to have a seat in…

CIVICUS speaks about civil society’s aspirations and roles in the upcoming COP27 summit with Polluters Out co-founder Ayisha Siddiqa. Polluters Out is a global…
November 03, 2022

COP27: ‘We doubt that we will be able to mobilise as we did around COP26’

CIVICUS speaks with Sohanur Rahman, Executive Coordinator of YouthNet for Climate Justice, about civil society’s aspirations and roles in the upcoming COP27 summit on…
November 03, 2022

HAITI: ‘Civil society must get involved because political actors cannot find a solution to our…

CIVICUS speaks about Haiti’s ongoing crisis and calls for foreign intervention with Monique Clesca, a journalist, democracy advocate and member of the Commission to…
November 02, 2022

SPAIN: ‘The main challenge is to consolidate legally recognised rights and prevent backsliding’

CIVICUS speaks with Carmen Miquel Acosta, gender lawyer at Amnesty International Spain, about the recently passed Organic Law on the Guarantee of Sexual Freedom, known…
November 01, 2022

COP27: ‘Climate justice requires debt cancellation, reparations and non-debt climate finance for small island developing…

CIVICUS speaks with Bahraini social entrepreneur Tariq Al-Olaimy about the upcoming COP27 summit on climate change. Tariq is Managing Director of 3BL Associates, an…