September 01, 2020

POLAND: ‘We invented new forms of protest because we had to’

CIVICUS speaks to Klementyna Suchanow, an activist, author and researcher based in Warsaw, Poland, about the recent announcement by the Polish government that it…
August 13, 2020

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: ‘We are part of a global anti-racist movement’

CIVICUS speaks with Elena Lorac, coordinator of Reconoci.do, an independent and plural civic network made up mainly of young Dominicans of Haitian descent. Reconoci.do…
July 03, 2020

HUNGARY: ‘Trans people are having our rights being taken away’

  A new law in Hungary, passed at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, prevents trans people from legally changing their gender. CIVICUS speaks…
July 01, 2020

TUNISIA: ‘The official response has failed to consider the gendered aspects of the pandemic’

In the run-up to the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action, due in September 2020, CIVICUS is interviewing civil society activists, leaders…
June 30, 2020

COSTA RICA: ‘Once legal change achieved, public policy should continue to focus on structural exclusion’

On 26 May 2020, Costa Rica became the first country in Central America to recognise same-sex marriage. CIVICUS speaks with Herman Duarte, a lawyer…
April 01, 2020

POLAND: ‘People are more understanding and supportive of LGBTQI+ issues than politicians’

  Following our 2019 special report on anti-rights groups and civil society responses, we are interviewing civil society activists and leaders about their experiences…
February 19, 2020

LGBTQI+ RIGHTS IN UGANDA: ‘Intolerance is fuelled by anti-rights groups and leaders’

Following our 2019 special report on anti-rights groups and civil society responses, we are interviewing civil society activists and leaders about their experiences of…
February 06, 2020

ANTI-RIGHTS GROUPS: ‘Protesting once is not enough; we need to fight back every single day’

Following our 2019 special report on anti-rights groups and civil society responses, we are interviewing civil society activists and leaders about their experiences of…
January 29, 2020

SPAIN: ‘Democratic rules are being used to promote an anti-rights ideology’

CIVICUS speaks about the recent election in Spain with Núria Valls, president of the Ibero-American League of Civil Society Organisations (Liga Iberoamericana), a platform…
November 27, 2019

CHILE: ‘There has been a citizen awakening of historical proportions’

Protests broke out in Chile in October 2019, initially led by students rejecting an increase in the price of transport and quickly escalating into…
November 20, 2019

BANGLADESH: ‘Out of fear, people are being silent’

CIVICUS speaks with Aklima Ferdows, who works with the Centre for Social Activism in Bangladesh, about civil society’s challenges and support needs in the…
November 20, 2019

MALAYSIA: ‘We need global solidarity to push back on attacks on 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…
November 11, 2019

CHILD RIGHTS: ‘Anti-child rights groups are making up stories to convince the public’

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…
October 31, 2019

SRI LANKA: ‘Trolls accusing people of being traitors are organised and political’

Ahead of the Sri Lankan presidential elections on 16 November 2019, CIVICUS spoke with Sandya Ekneligoda, a human rights defender and campaigner for justice…
October 14, 2019

ANTI-RIGHTS GROUPS: ‘Their true objective is to eliminate all government policies related to gender’

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 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 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 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 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 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 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…
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 15, 2019

BOTSWANA: ‘Anti-rights 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 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 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…