January 13, 2024

GUATEMALA: ‘Disregard for the will of the people expressed at the ballot box is the…

CIVICUS speaks with Jorge Santos, General Coordinator of the Guatemalan Human Rights Defenders Protection Unit (UDEFEGUA), about the imminent inauguration of a new president,…
October 17, 2023

AUSTRALIA: ‘There will be little change on First Nations people’s recognition, representation and rights’

CIVICUS speaks with Peter Lewis, president of Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation (ANTaR), about the recent defeat in a referendum of a proposal…
September 24, 2023

ECUADOR: ‘Indigenous peoples are the forgotten ones of public policies’

CIVICUS discusses Indigenous peoples' environmental activism and civil society's hopes for the upcoming COP28 climate summit with Fausto Daniel Santi Gualina, a leader of…
June 28, 2023

COP28: ‘We are worried that the host country, the United Arab Emirates, restricts civil society’

CIVICUS discusses the hopes and roles of civil society at the forthcoming COP28 climate summit with Gideon Abraham Sanago, Climate Coordinator with the Pastoralists…
June 09, 2023

UGANDA: ‘Shrinking civic space means affected communities are not able to make their voices count’

CIVICUS discusses the hopes and roles of civil society at the forthcoming COP28 climate summit with Ireen Twongirwe, a climate activist and CEO of…
June 01, 2023

CAMEROON: ‘Communities must benefit from what comes from their land’

CIVICUS discusses the aspirations and roles of civil society at the forthcoming COP28 climate summit with Estelle Ewoule Lobé, co-founder of the Cameroonian civil…
October 13, 2022

MEXICO: ‘The problem of insecurity is paramount, but it cannot be solved with militarisation’

CIVICUS speaks about the militarisation of security in Mexico and its implications for civil society with Sofía de Robina, a lawyer with Centro de…
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…
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 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 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…
July 12, 2022

BURUNDI: ‘Our right to be recognised and represented as an Indigenous community is being violated’

CIVICUS speaks about Indigenous peoples’ rights in Burundi with Severin Sindizera, Global Coordinator of the Indigenous Peoples Global Forum for Sustainable Development (IPGFforSD). IPGFforSD…
July 08, 2022

TANZANIA: ‘The human rights of the Maasai people are violated through involuntary assimilation and relocation’

CIVICUS speaks about the unlawful eviction of Maasai people from their ancestral lands with Joseph Moses Oleshangay, a Tanzanian human rights lawyer and activist…
February 10, 2022

BOLIVIA: ‘To exercise our rights, Indigenous peoples don’t need anyone’s permission’

CIVICUS speaks about the struggles of Indigenous peoples in Bolivia with Ruth Alipaz Cuqui, an Indigenous leader from the Bolivian Amazon and general coordinator…
January 04, 2022

PARAGUAY: ‘As long as land remains in private hands, conflict will continue '

CIVICUS speaks with Alicia Amarilla, national coordinator of the Organisation of Peasant and Indigenous Women (CONAMURI) in Paraguay about conflicts over land rights between…
November 19, 2021

COP26: ‘Much more money is being invested in destroying the planet than in saving it’

The 26th United Nations Conference of the Parties on Climate Change (COP26) has just ended in Glasgow, UK, and CIVICUS continues to interview civil…
October 26, 2021

BIODIVERSITY: ‘Governments will not show political will unless people on the ground put enough pressure’

CIVICUS speaks with Gadir Lavadenz, global coordinator of the Convention on Biological Diversity Alliance (CBD Alliance), about the ongoing process to draft a post-2020…
October 14, 2021

COP26: ‘We need a power shift to communities, especially to women, in managing climate resources’

In the run-up to the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), which will take place in Glasgow, UK between 31…
October 07, 2021

COP26: ‘Marginalised communities should be at the centre of climate action’

In the run-up to the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), which will take place in Glasgow, UK between 31…
October 07, 2021

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES: ‘Canadians stand in solidarity with us and want to see change’

CIVICUS speaks with Teresa Edwards, Executive Director and In-House Legal Counsel of the Legacy of Hope Foundation (LHF), about reactions to recently evidence of…
June 02, 2020

ASIA: ‘Under the pandemic, racism against Indigenous peoples has intensified’

CIVICUS speaks to Gam Shimray, Secretary General of the Asian Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), about the situation of Indigenous groups in Asia amid the…
April 04, 2018

Filipino activists stand firm after government adds them to list of terrorists

The Philippines government recently listed activists and a UN Special Rapporteur as terrorists and has threatened to pull out of the International Criminal Court.…
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